Gram Weight: 26.7 Grams. Metal Type: Yellow Gold Wash Over Base Metal. Main Stone Carat Weight/Color: Each segment measures 36.4 mm long by 7 mm wide, Opaque deep blue hue with white striations. Stone Cuts: Cabochon Cut Tube Segments. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists.
Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Item Measurements: The bracelet has a wearable length of 7.5" long and measures 0.31" wide. The smaller wrist gap measures 3.31" wide when the hinge is opened, and the larger wrist gap measures 2.30" across. Bracelet Type: Hinged Bangle Bracelet. Closure/Clasp Type: Push-In Clasp With Safety Chain.Link Type: Lapis Lazuli and Gold Washed Links. This bracelet was handmade in the Art Deco era. This bracelet features four lapis lazuli stones, each carefully carved and polished by hand while this bracelet was being made by a talented Chinese stonecutter. The end caps are composed of gold washed base metal. These portions of the bracelet feature hand chased details.
One of the stones is split in one place - despite this, the stones are secure. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only.
The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand.
Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world.
The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world. They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to.
Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high-quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework.
Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise.At the end of the middle ages, lapis was ground up and used as the ultramarine pigment found in painting. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Gold Wash Chinese Carved Lapis Lazuli Bangle Bracelet" is in sale since Saturday, August 10, 2019.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.This item can be shipped worldwide.