Diamanté French Art Deco Dress Clips or Brooch
Brooch: 2 5/8" x 7/8"; clip: 1 1/4" x 7/8"
Mid- to late-1930s
"DEPOSE" (French word for "patented") & "MADE IN FRANCE"
These Art Deco dress clips from France are paved in diamanté set in rhodium-plated metal with cut-outs that enhance the design. The clips can be worn together as a brooch. Because the design is symmetrical, I like to wear this type of clip as a pendant on a chain or cord. The last two photos show this option: one with a sterling chain from my jewelry box (not included); the other with a 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord (included with this purchase). Scroll down to see a selection of bracelets to wear with this piece.
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- Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, Otis JewelryThis Otis sterling bracelet is a lovely example of an Art Deco line bracelet, the forerunner of today's tennis bracelet. It features faceted, square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. Engraved edges and a diamanté-embellished fold-over clasp complete the design. The excellent articulation speaks to its high-quality construction, which actually was the same as that used by Wachenheimer Bros. (Read about the companies' connection.) Bracelets in this style (known as flexible bracelets in that era) were all the rage in the 1920s-1930s and were typically worn in multiples. You can see this one paired with other line bracelets in the photos. Although the stones have aged a bit, this jewel still has lots of sparkle. Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.USD$195.00
- Vintage Bracelets, 1940s Jewelry, Catamore JewelryThis vintage silver bracelet by Catamore has three vertical rows of channel-set diamanté. This well-articulated, well-crafted, sterling bracelet has engraved edges and settings. It closes with a concealed clasp and safety chain. A similar piece by this maker was advertised in the November 15, 1946 issue of Vogue. This bracelet dates from 1942 at the earliest, since the company did not open until that year. Please note that this bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Be sure to measure yours and note the bracelet's dimensions (6 7/8" length) before purchasing.USD$295.00
- Vintage Bracelets, 1940s Jewelry, Dorsons JewelryThis Dorsons sterling bracelet from the 1940s takes the line-bracelet design one step further. The square-cut diamantés channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver are enhanced with two squares of baguettes. This well-made jewel with excellent articulation has a box clasp. All-diamanté pieces are really hard to photograph, and this one is no exception. All stones are clear and bright, and the overall effect is more brilliant than my photos indicate. In fact, this lovely bracelet sparkled on the runway at a Toronto Fashion Week show! Scroll down to see coordinating pieces, including one by the same maker.USD$295.00
- Vintage Bracelets, 1920s Jewelry, Wachenheimer Bros. JewelryThis Diamonbar bracelet has faceted, square-cut diamanté in a sterling silver box setting. Its excellent articulation makes this bracelet an Art Deco classic. Made in the 1920s, this piece closes with a concealed clasp and figure-8 safety catch. This stunning bracelet was made for a slim wrist, so please note the bracelet length (6 5/8") and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. It can be worn alone or with line bracelets with colored stones – scroll down to see a selection of beautiful companions. This bracelet walked the runway at a recent fashion show. The model wore it with a bridal gown and exquisite flower earrings by Dior.USD$345.00