1930s Art Deco Sterling Silver Marcasite Leaf Link Bracelet
Excellent Condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape.
* Marcasites are all in place and look original.
* Clasp is secure and origina with a solder repair done at some point.
Length 7 1/4"
Mark See photo
Weight 13 grams
Material Sterling silver, natural marcasites
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Leaf design is subtle yet sophisticated and detailed, note the serrated edges.
* Connecting links are embellished with a tiny sterling and marcasite flower.
* Well made and solidly constructed, this piece is thin and light with a pretty drape across your wrist.
On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.
On Art Deco. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, that influenced the design of buildings, furniture, fashion and of course, jewelry. The movement was given a name from the international exposition of Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, that was held in Paris in 1925 and largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Born out of ideas of modernism and the Industrial Age, this manifested into designs that used Cubism's bold abstraction and rectilinear shapes and combined them with intricate patterning, bold color and symmetry. High-end jewelry design houses like Cartier and Boucheron set the trends in gold and gemstones, which were then emulated by costume jewelry companies in glass or perhaps plastics, and brought to the masses.