2 1/4" diameter (bracelet wraps, so size is flexible)
Excellent (minor wear to gold plating on the inside)
December 1, 1947 ad in "Vogue"
This 1940s gold-plated sterling silver snake bracelet by Forstner has a beautifully detailed head and a body that tapers to the tail, which illustrates a popular motif in the Retro Modern style of the decade. Forstner Chain Corporation was well-known for its flexible spiral bracelets, and this one is a fine example. The dark areas in the photos are reflections of the camera. This piece was advertised in the December 1, 1947 issue of Vogue at a price of $10. Scroll down to see other Forstner flexible spiral bracelets.
This chic and sleek 1940s gold-filled flexible spiral bracelet by Forstner is the epitome of Retro Modern style. This piece can be worn anywhere and with everything! Forstner was known for their flexible spiral bracelets and necklaces, which were also made in solid gold. Please note that dark areas in the photos are reflections of the camera – this piece is in excellent condition. It was advertised in the April 15, 1946 issue of Vogue. I have another of this maker's gold flexible style bracelets as well as a sterling flexible spiral necklace by Walter Lampl — scroll down to see them.
This 1940s variation on Forstner's Retro Modernflexible spiral bracelets is a gold-filled, tapering double-row cuff with a decorative, fixed buckle. The polished finish of the center buckle adds a nice contrast to the coiled sides. Pieces by Forstner were very well made and have retained their quality. This one is especially nice because the construction allows the piece to fit small- to medium-size wrists. Please note that dark areas in the photos are reflections from the camera. I have another gold flexible spiral bracelet by the same maker and a sterling necklace in the same style, by Walter Lampl — scroll down to see them. Several Vogue ads for this company's flexible spiral bracelets in other styles date these pieces from 1946-1948.
Schiaparelli's signature dentelle-faceted tourmaline-glass stones in a blue/green combination rather than the usual watermelon color form this elegant and substantial 1950s bracelet. The elaborately-decorated silver-tone setting closes with a tongue-in-groove clasp and safety chain. Here is another statement bracelet by this amazing designer!
Pale sapphire and peridot glass stone surround an amazing center stone with straight-line striations -- known as porphyry glass -- in a Carnegie-favored leaf motif. The shades of blue and green, and the shapes of the stones make this brooch worthy of the maker's name. The setting is gold-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp.
Faceted green-glass disks sandwiched between rhinestone rondelles alternate with blue-green-glass beads and metal spacers to form this colorful necklace from France or the former Czechoslovakia. The beads are strung on chain with a green-glass-disk screw-in clasp.
These faceted kite-shaped glass stones in sapphire blue and smoky grey are another example of the high-quality materials and imaginative combinations of shapes and colors in Schiaparelli jewelry. Here the shape of this 1950s brooch is mirrored in the shape of the stones, with round glass stones with an aurora borealis (AB) finish used as accents. The AB stones add an iridescence that changes with the light. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with a roll-over safety clasp. You can wear this gorgeous piece in a variety of positions -- the photos show it vertically, so it looks like a kite, horizontally and at a right angle. You decide which of these choices you prefer, or you may think of another!