- Rubies, diamonds, metal
Of open work geometric design, the articulated band set with cabochon rubies, brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, length approximately 165mm, signed Bulgari.
Cf.: Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Bulgari, New York, 1996, pg. 58 for an illustration of this bracelet.
Accompanied by SSEF report no. 91478, stating that the cabochon rubies weighing from approximately 1.5 to 1.7 carats, measuring from approximately 6.90 x 5.65 x 3.75mm to approximately 7.20 x 5.80 x 4.10mm, calculated to weigh a total of approximately 70 carats, are of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating, with none to a moderate amount of oil in fissures.
Please note that Sotheby's is not responsible for the accuracy of any estimated weights provided by gemmological certificates.
Signed BVLGARI. Rubies well matched in colour, red of medium strong saturation, with typical inclusions, some surface-reaching, scratches, small nicks, chips and cavities. For more information on the rubies, please refer to the SSEF report. Diamonds estimated to weigh a total of approximately 11.00 - 12.00 carats, on average G-H colour, VS-SI clarity, few I, as gauged and graded in the mount. Clasp secure, safety catches, additional collapsible safety pins. Little signs of wear and scratches to the metal, minor signs of tarnish to the reverse. In very good condition. Gross weight approximately 75 grams.
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"In 1925, the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes
in Paris promoted innovative jewels in the style thereafter known as Art Déco, from the abbreviation of the name of the exhibition. These "modern" jewels were based on linear designs, stylised naturalistic decorative elements and gemstones of contrasting colours...
Bulgari kept abreast of the development of jewellery design. Towards the end of the 1920s jewels tended to become heavier and more massive, a feature which one can readily recognise in Bulgari's designs of the time, often set with coloured cabochon stones", as in the example offered here.
Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Bulgari, New York, 1996, pgs. 52-58.