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Emerald Ruby Sapphire Diamond Citrine Agate Pearl Yellow Gold Flowers Bracelet
Located in Naples, IT
This Bracelet is made of 14K Yellow Gold but we can make it also in 9 or 18K Yellow Gold. This Bracelet has 0.20 Carats of White Brilliant Cut Diamonds. This Bracelet has 0.90 Carats...
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Late 20th Century Art Nouveau Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Cultured Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Rock Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Blue Sap...

18 Karat Yellow Gold, Diamond & Jade Panel Link Bracelet
Located in QLD , AU
What a wonderful vintage bracelet, typical of the 1970's period with it's luscious gold and jade cabochon panels. What a masterpiece of craftsmanship, beautifully put together with s...
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20th Century Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Jade, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

7 Carat Aquamarine 10 Carat Sapphire Diamond Pearl Bracelet France 18 Karat Gold
Located in New York, NY
This is a magnificent French statement Four Strand Pearl Bracelet set with a spectacular central 7 Carat Aquamarine. The Aquamarine is surrounded by 10 Carats of fine blue Sapphires...
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20th Century Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Pearl, Aquamarine, Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, White Gold, 18k Gold

Rare Elegant White Diamond Brown Diamond White Gold Bracelet for Her
Located in Montreux, CH
Diamond BRACELET 14K White Gold Diamond 110-RND57-0,56ct -3/5A Diamond 213-RND57-1,6-7/6A Size 18 Weight 10,32 grams
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Art Nouveau Diamond Ruby Sapphire Emerald Aquamarine Pearl Yellow Gold Bracelet
Located in Naples, IT
For any problems related to some materials contained in the items that do not allow shipping and require specific documents that require a particular period, please contact the selle...
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Late 20th Century Art Nouveau Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

White Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, R...

Diamonds and Emerald Yellow Golg 18 Karat Retro Bracelet
Located in Vannes, FR
Diamonds and Emerald Yellow Golg 18 K Retro Bracelet 5 Emeralds 75 diamonds diametre / env. 5.5 cm Weight 22.9 grams
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21st Century and Contemporary Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

2.01 Carat 4-Prong Round Diamond Bracelet in 14 Karat White Gold Style-Tennis
Located in Chicago, IL
This spectacular brightly polished 14 karat white gold tennis bracelet showcases a stunning 2.01 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds. A total of 78 diamonds that measure 2.00mm in...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Coral, Diamonds, 9 Karat Rose Gold and Silver Snake Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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1950s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Coral, Diamond, 9k Gold, Rose Gold, Silver

Coral, Diamonds, 9 Karat Rose Gold and Silver Snake Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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1950s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Coral, Diamond, 9k Gold, Rose Gold, Silver

Flexible Woven Yellow Gold Cuff Bracelet with Single Cut Diamonds, circa 1960
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
In its former life, this was a ladies' hidden dial watch. These types of watches -- more jewelry than timepiece and frequently quite over-the-top -- were popular in the 1950's and 1...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rubies, Diamonds, Onyx, 14 Karat White Gold Retrò Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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1970s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, Ruby, 14k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Art Deco European Diamond Emerald Platinum Wide Filigree Bracelet
Located in Miami, FL
Treat her like a queen as you wrap this luxurious Art Deco bracelet over her arm. Featuring 5 cylindrical shaped filigree floral motifs filled with vibrant, fiery white European ...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Stambolian Aged Silver 18k Gold Cable Bracelet Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Diamond
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Stambolian Aged Silver 18K Gold Cable Bracelet Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Diamond This unique bracelet features three sections of Turquoise with four stones in each with a diamond in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

White Diamond, Turquoise, Sterling Silver, Silver, 18k Gold

28.70 Carat Burmese Ruby and Diamond Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
Features vibrant red oval cut rubies weighing 28.70 carats, set in an open-work design accented with round brilliant diamonds. Diamonds weigh 8.99 carats total and are approximately ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Retro Blue Sapphires Diamonds Gold Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact t...
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Late 20th Century Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Diamonds,Tsavorite,9k Yellow Gold ,Silver & Enamel , Vintage Snake Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries,please contact ...
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1960s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Britannia Standard Silver, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

Diamonds Emeralds Sapphires and Orange Coral Flower, Rose Gold Retrò Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Coral, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold

2 Carat Round Cut Diamond 14 Karat Two Tone Gold Bracelet
Located in Addison, TX
This incredible tennis bracelet is an absolute beauty. The bracelet is made of 14 karat yellow and white gold and sits on the the arm perfectly with flexibility. This bracelet is stu...
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Early 2000s Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Gold, White Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Handcrafted Diamonds, Sapphires, 14 Karat White Gold Link Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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1980s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold, White Gold, Gold

Diamond and Pearl Bracelet 11.80 Carat
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 18k yellow gold diamond and pearl bracelet. The bracelet comprises of 8 links of flower motifs set with 8mm cultured pearls in the centre of each. Set around the pearls a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

16.7 G Amethysts, Diamonds 9 Karat Rose Gold and Silver Retro Beaded Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries,please contact ...
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1950s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Amethyst, Diamond, 9k Gold, Rose Gold, Silver

1970s 3 Carat Total Diamond and Ruby Bracelet in 18 Karat Gold
Located in Hicksville, NY
Beautiful ruby and diamond bracelet from the 1970s. All diamonds are bezel set with high contrast 18 karat yellow gold surrounding it. The ruby red stones, sparkly brilliance of diam...
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1970s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Topaz Diamond Gray Pearl Gold Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact t...
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Late 20th Century Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Topaz, 14k Gold, White Gold

Natural Colombian Emerald & Diamond Tennis Bracelet 18 Karat White Gold, Estate
Located in New York, NY
Natural Colombian Emerald & Diamond Tennis Bracelet 18 Karat White Gold, Estate. A spectacular jewelry piece from Estate. This exceptional Tennis bracelet have 36 round diamonds wei...
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1980s Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, White Gold, 18k Gold

Color Topazes Amethysts and Diamonds Rose Gold Tennis Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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1980s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Amethyst, Diamond, Topaz, 14k Gold

1.85 Carat Diamond Freshwater Pearl Victorian Revival Style Bracelet
Located in Stamford, CT
GIA certified natural baroque freshwater pearl and diamond bracelet in 14k yellow gold. Handmade circa 1930's in Victorian revival style with a safety chain. 4 natural white with O...
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Early 20th Century Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 18 Karat Yellow Gold Diamond and Emerald Bracelet
Located in Great Neck, NY
Stunning Vintage 18K yellow gold diamond & emerald bracelet. #B0020 Metal: 18K Yellow Gold Weight: 67.7 Grams Total Diamond Weight - Approximately 5.75 CTS Diamond Color - G -...
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1960s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

2.00 Carat Diamond Akoya Pearl 14 Karat White Gold Multi-Strand Bracelet
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid-Century 1960's four row cultured pearl and diamond bracelet. Cream color high lustre pearls. Bright sparkly diamond white gold catch and diamond spacers. 100 Akoya crème with p...
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Mid-20th Century Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Pearl, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Retro Italian Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Stylized Horseshoe Link Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
A Retro gold bracelet comprised of stylized horseshoe shaped links with alternating diamond and sapphire insets, in 18k and platinum. Italy. Atw 2.25 cts. sapphires, 1.00 ct. diamo...
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1940s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold

18Kt Gold, 10.35Ct Pink Sapphire and 3.91Ct Diamond Harlequin Pattern Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
Designed with 10.35 carats of square calibre cut Pink Sapphires and 3.91 carats of princess cut white Diamonds, this vintage bracelet remains timeless. Set in 18 karat yellow gold t...
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1990s Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, Pink Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

14 Karat Gold Ladies Bracelet with Diamonds
Located in Braintree, GB
14K gold ladies bracelet with diamonds Hallmarked 585 - 14K Gold Comes with certificate from GCS. Approx Dimensions - Length x Width : 20.7 x 1.2 cm Weight : 25.27 grams Diamonds ...
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1970s Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 14k Gold

1950s 5 Carat Pear, Baguette and Round Diamond Bracelet in 14 Karat Gold
Located in Hicksville, NY
Circa: 1950s Metal Type: 14 Karat White Gold Weight: 19 grams Length: 6.2 inches Diamond Details: Carat: 5.0 carat total weight, center stone is approximately 0.68 carats Cut: Roun...
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1950s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, White Gold, Gold, 14k Gold

Antique Gold Diamonds and Sapphires French Bracelet
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
One very lovely antique bracelet, made in France circa 1900. Made in yellow gold 18k and set with approximately 2.50 carats diamonds and 3 carats sapphires. The length is 18.5 cm and...
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Early 1900s Antique Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Sapphire, Gold

18K Yellow Gold Bamboo Bangle with SVI F Color Diamonds
Located in Hong Kong, HK
18K Yellow Gold BANGLE with SVI F color diamonds 18KY - 14.97gm 64 Round Diamonds - 0.81 its Beautiful touch to any outfit!
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1.00 Carat 4-Prong Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in Chicago, IL
This spectacular brightly polished 14 karat yellow gold tennis bracelet showcases a stunning 1.00 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds. A total of 98 diamonds, I1 in clarity I in c...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Roman Malakov, Green Emerald and Diamond Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful and stylish bracelet showcasing a 21.41 carats of emerald cut green emeralds, spaced by brilliant marquise cut diamonds in an open-work, white gold design. finished with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

1960s Diamond Cluster Domed Mesh 8 Karat Bracelet
Located in Miami, FL
The Stunning 1960's Domed Bracelet was crafted in 18K Gold. The flexible Statement Bracelet was created to Radiate everywhere as each link has several prong set diamonds that complet...
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1960s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold

18K White Gold 3.34 CTW Diamond Tennis Bracelet Baguette and Round Brilliant Cut
Located in Baltimore, MD
18K White Gold Art Deco Style Diamond Tennis Bracelet 3.34 CTW Metal: 18K white gold Weight: 15.03 grams Diamonds: 76 Round brilliant and 12 baguette diamonds, 3.34 CTW (marked on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, White Gold

Chaavae 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Platinum and Diamond 1.12 Carat Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful 18 karat yellow gold, platinum & diamond bracelet designed by Tilson Gem Designs for their Chaavae collection. This bracelet is designed with 5 gold links separated by 5 ...
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1990s Retro Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

1950s Mellerio dits Meller Paris Emerald Diamond Plat. Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
This Estate bracelet by Mellerio features five stunning Emerald-cut Emeralds float within a braid of baguette and round brilliant-cut Diamonds, in a platinum setting. This unique bra...
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1950s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

10.87 Carat Diamond and Sapphire Antique-Style Retro Bracelet
Located in Jaipur, IN
10.87 Carat Diamond and Sapphire Antique-Style Retro Bracelet This Victorian period art-deco style dazzling midnight blue sapphire and diamond bracelet is mesmerizing. The alternate...
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2010s Victorian Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Sapphire, Silver, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Little Diamonds Topazes Onyx Rings Rose Gold and Silver Retrò Link Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries, please contact...
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1960s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Onyx, Topaz, Rose Gold, 9k Gold, Silver

Bezel Tennis Bracelet in 14kt Two-Tone with 2.80 Carat of Diamonds Total Weight
Located in Austin, TX
This unique estate bracelet has beautiful round brilliant cut diamonds set in 14 karat white gold bezels. There is a total diamond weight of 2.80 carats! Between the bezels, are 14k...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Gubelin 1940s Retro Coverd Diamond Bracelet 18 Karat Gold Watch
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage ladies Retro covered diamond bracelet watch in 18k white gold link motif with original mechanical Gubelin watch opens to reveal a rectangular silver white dial with maker nam...
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1950s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Amethysts,Diamonds,Emeralds,Rubies,Sapphires, Onyx, 9Kt Gold and Silver Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Beautiful bracelet mounted with a i...
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1960s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Amethyst, Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, 9k Gold, Rose Go...

Edwardian Rose Gold Old European Cut Diamond Bangle Bracelet
Located in METAIRIE, LA
This Period Edwardian 14KT Rose Gold bangle is accented with exceptionally detailed Hand Engraving with a total of 28 Nearly Flawless to Slightly Included Old Round European cuts tot...
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Early 1900s Edwardian Antique Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

5.00 Carat 4-Prong Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in Chicago, IL
This spectacular brightly polished 14 karat yellow gold tennis bracelet showcases a stunning 5.00 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds. A total of 55 diamonds, I1 in clarity I in c...
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2010s Contemporary Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

White Diamond, Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Wide 12-Row Diamond Bracelet, 20 Carat, 672 Diamonds, 18 Karat White Gold
Located in Honolulu, HI
This stunning bracelet is absolutely magnificent. Featuring 672 round brilliant cut diamonds totaling approximately 20.00 carats. The bracelet is beautifully crafted in 18k white gol...
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Late 20th Century Modern Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Amethysts,Tsavorites,Diamonds,9 Karat Rose and White Gold Retrò Bracelet.
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Gorgeous retrò bracelet in 9 kara...
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1970s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Amethyst, Diamond, Tsavorite, 9k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold

1935 Antique Russian 2.25 Carat Diamond and Yellow Gold Bangle
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive antique Russian 2.25 carat diamond and 14 karat yellow gold, 14 karat white gold set bangle; part of our diverse antique jewelry collections This fine and impressive d...
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1930s Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 14KY Victorian Reproduction Diamond Bypass Bangle Bracelet .20ct
Located in Boston, MA
Vintage 14KY Victorian Reproduction Diamond Bypass Bangle Bracelet .20ct - The bangle contains 2 round diamonds weighing .20ct total weight with H color and VS2-SI1 clarity. The insi...
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1960s Victorian Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 14k Gold

White Diamonds, Emeralds, 18 Karat Yellow Gold Snake Shape Retrò Bracelet
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
shipping policy: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). For any inquiries,please contact ...
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1960s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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White Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

14 Karat White Gold 1.50 Carat Diamond and Blue Sapphire Bracelet
Located in Baltimore, MD
Vintage 14 Karat White Gold 1.50 Carat Diamond & Blue Sapphire Bracelet Metal: 14k white gold Weight: 11.78 grams Diamonds: Approx. 1.50 carats G VS, center diamond is approx. .30 ...
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Mid-20th Century Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, White Gold

1950s Diamond Platinum Bracelet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Midcentury 16.00 carats diamond and platinum bracelet circa 1950. The articulated design centers upon a larger marquise-shaped diamond framed by scrolling motifs, connectors and elon...
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1950s Modernist Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Platinum

10.46 Ct Ceylon Sapphire & 21 Ct Diamonds 18 Kt White Gold Animal Snake Bangle
Located in New York, NY
10.46 Ct Ceylon Sapphire & 21 Ct Diamonds 18 Karat white Gold Animal Snake Bangle Bracelet. Craftsmanship of making the scales as snake skin is remarkable. Very High Quality of Di...
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Early 2000s Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Vintage Art Deco Diamond Bracelet, Circa 1930s
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
A diamond set bracelet from circa 1930s/1940s.  Consisting of an openwork navette panel rub-over set to the centre with an early brilliant cut diamond against a diamond accented back...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Very Fine Diamond Three-Row Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
Very Fine Diamond Three Row Bracelet, Baguette princess cut diamonds Set in Platinum Measurements: 7 inches long Italian assay marks Diamond Weight: approximately 25.00 - 27.00 carats
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Late 20th Century Diamond Retro Bracelets

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

GCS Certified Natural Burmese/Myanmar Ruby & Diamond Necklace & Bracelet, Retro
Located in London, GB
Certified Burmese natural ruby and diamond necklace featuring an alternating infinite pattern of stunning blazing red rubies. These rubies are carefully sourced and are natural Burme...
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1980s Retro Vintage Diamond Retro Bracelets

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Antique and Vintage Diamond Jewelry and Watches

Diamonds and antique diamond jewelry are primarily associated with storybook engagements and red-carpet grand entrances — indeed, this ultra-cherished gemstone has a dramatic history on its hands.

From “Diamonds Are Forever” to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” pop culture has ingrained in our minds that diamonds are the most desired, the most lasting and the most valuable gemstone. But what makes the diamond so special? Each stone — whether it’s rubies, sapphires or another stone — is unique and important in its own right. April babies might claim the stone for themselves, but just about everyone wants this kind of sparkle in their lives!

There are several factors that set diamonds apart from other stones, and these points are important to our gem education. Diamonds are minerals. They are made up of almost entirely of carbon (carbon comprises 99.95 percent; the remainder consists of various trace elements). Diamonds are the hardest gemstones, ranking number 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Even its name, diamond, is rooted in the Greek adamas, or unconquerable. The only object that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth at very high temperatures (1,652–2,372 degrees Fahrenheit at depths between 90 and 120 miles beneath earth’s surface) and are carried up by volcanic activity. Diamonds are quite rare, according to the Gemological Institute of America, and only 30 percent of all the diamonds mined in the world are gem quality.

In the 1950s, the Gemological Institute of America developed the 4Cs grading system to classify diamonds: clarity, color, cut and carat weight. Not all diamonds are created equal (there are diamonds, and then there are diamonds). The value of the diamond depends on the clarity (flawless diamonds are very rare but a diamonds value decreases if there are many blemishes or inclusions), color (the less color the higher the grade, cut (how the diamond’s facets catch the light, certain cuts of diamonds show off the stone better than others) and carat weight (the bigger, the better). When you start shopping for a diamond engagement ring, always prioritize the cut, which plays the largest role in the diamond's beauty.

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