Suzanne Belperron for René Boivin

Rock Crystal and Hematite 'Escalier Bordé' Bracelet, France

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Designed as a wide articulated strap, the center set with tiered square rock crystal plaques bordered by rows of hematite pyramids.

·        Length 7½ inches

·        French assay mark

·        18 karat white gold

·        Inscribed “Jacques à Betty, 1st Déc. 1930”

·        Gross weight approximately 64 dwts

·        Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Françoise Cailles dated April 22, 2015 stating that the bracelet is by René Boivin, 1930, from a design by Suzanne Belperron.

·        Accompanied by a fitted presentation box


René Boivin: Joaillier by Françoise Cailles, p. 172

Catalogue Note

Designed by Belperron for Boivin, this bracelet challenges conventional aesthetics and, as revealed by Françoise Cailles, was inspired by the squares of a chocolate bar. The center band of tiered rock crystal plaques replicates the divided squares of chocolate and is enhanced on either side by lines of hematite pyramids. While limited materials are employed, there is a clever play of light between the angled stone cuts and the contrast between the dark and light of the clear rock crystal and black hematite. The flexible quality of this bracelet when wrapped around the wrist breaks up the rigidness of the design and creates a bold and sculptural jewel. 


White Gold, Rock Crystal, Hematite