Sterling silver and carved Chinese jade beads combine in this American Arts and Crafts Magy Gage cuff bracelet. A colorful and quite eccentric character, Gage started making jewelry in the 1920s and continued until her death in 1993. Inspired by nature, her work has a strong, earthy appeal and has been described as “raw” at times. The lily pads that adorn the face of the cuff at hand seem to have been one of her favorite motifs and in our instance, they are surrounding hand-carved Chinese jade beads which she might have acquired during her two-year sojourn in China in the early 1920s. As you can see in one of the photos, the matching ring is also available…
PS: My thanks to Chicagosilver for Gage’s biography; you can also see a similar ring on their website with a moonstone instead of the jade bead in mine
Size/Weight: 6 1/4″ inner circumference (including the 7/8″ gap; somewhat adjustable but I would advise to have your jeweler adjust it for you, if needed so as to avoid damaging the cuff); 7/8″ wide; 37.0 grams
Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s name and “STERLING” as shown; 1920s-40s
Condition: excellent vintage with very deep patina especially in the design’s nooks and crannies and no damage or repairs noted – a gorgeous example of Mary Gage’s work
SOLD – Thank you!