1930s Signed Czech Arts & Crafts Amber Glass Leaf Flower Art Deco Bracelet
Czech jewelry is in part, so collectible, for the wide variety of styles and special details to their designs. Craftsmen were remarkable for their adaptability to interpret different trends and tastes of the day. This particular 1930s bracelet shows the direct influence of the Arts & Crafts movement, which is less commonly found in Czech jewelry. With a feminine and subtle silhouette, the floral and leaf design alternates with transparent glass cabochons in a shade of honey-yellow, made to simulate amber. Delicate feeling when worn, this bracelet has a little extra length indicating it might have been a necklace originally.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, or worn infrequently.
* The brass setting has a golden patina with no darkening or discoloration and no surface wear.
* The glass is smooth and gleaming without any chipping or surface wear.
* The spring ring clasp is a replacement and not original
* There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair, the components are original and the piece has a firm shape.
Clasp Secure, is not original
Weight 17 grams
Material Brass, Glass
On Czech Glass. Czech or bohemian glass created from the end of the Victorian era through the mid-century was world-renowned for its unprecedented resemblance to natural gemstones. Skilled craftsman from the region engineered new methods of cutting and coloring glass to simulate the look of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and more. In addition, Czech glass jewelry makers were highly trained in the metalwork for the settings around the glass. The Czech region produced so many different styles (all of superb quality) that Czech glass pieces have become their own collectable category.
On Glass Made to Simulate Gemstones. Glass has long been used by jewelers to simulate natural gemstones. For instance, during the Georgian era, black dot paste is a term that refers to a style of glass that was made to simulate the sparkle of natural diamonds. But in the 1940s, the use of glass to simulate gemstones ramped up more than ever before. World War II constrained both fine materials and pocketbooks, so more and more designers (including high-end designers) focused on glass to re-create the distinctive properties of different gems. High-end designers thus began making costume glass jewelry - but with the same attention to detail, high craftsmanship, and design skill that was applied to fine jewelry.