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To add a touch of glamour to an outfit, there is little better than a diamond bracelet. Originally, they were comprised of a simple line of diamonds set in single file, but through the 20th century they have become more and more elaborate, with a huge array of styles now available.
Around 1900, the most common type of bracelet was as seem below, a line of diamonds, each in a box type setting.
Variations were also possible; the next picture shows the same bracelet alongside two others, one set totally with rubies, the other with alternating sections of diamonds and aquamarines. The back of the aqua and diamond bracelet has no stones, but is instead engraved to look like it has; this kept the price lower, and opened up this type of jewellery to a whole new market.
A rarer type is the bracelet shown below, which is a double row of diamonds, in its original fitted box.
For night wear, or more special occasions, wider “plaque bracelets” were introduced. They typically have a repeating pattern, so that if the bracelet spins around the wrist it still looks the same. Usually the clasp was hidden into the pattern. Below there are two such bracelets, dating from about 1915.
The repeating pattern is seen in this bracelet, made by Cartier in 1920. While fluid and lively, it is the same all the way round, and when the clasp is closed it is almost invisible.
In the post-war period, the Art Deco movement began to influence jewellery design. The next bracelet shows this well. The first difference from the previous bracelet is that it is not the same the whole way around, but has a clear “front” and “back” (this isn’t always the case). we can see Art Deco geometric styling in the side sections, but the main centre still echoes the older style.
The 1950s were a fantastic time for glamorous jewellery design, and the next bracelet shows this off wonderfully. It uses two different types of diamond cuts, brilliant and baguette, and the emerald cut diamonds in the centre section are set in a more modern style, called channel setting. This allows the diamonds to be set flush to one another, only held in by white gold on the short ends.
The modern style began to be common from the 1960s onwards, but it was in the 1980s that they became front page news; tennis player Chris Evert wore one while she was playing, and during a match at the US Open in 1987, she noticed that it had fallen off her. The umpire allowed the match to stop while she (and the ball boys) hunted for it! Eventually it was found and the match continued. Ever since, this type of bracelet has been called a “Tennis Bracelet”! They come in almost any size imaginable; the one below is 8 carats in total, and is set with a discreet four claw setting to maximise the sparkle – all you see are diamonds!!