massive brutalist silver Bracelet with old Chinese carved carnelian medallion

on Sep 29, 2018 in archived

Massive does not always rhyme with gorgeous but in the case of the spectacular bracelet I am presenting here the two are absolutely synomymous! I have never seen a similar piece and I don’t know where to start describing it! What I find fascinating is the way cultures and ages and techniques are called upon and combined in a hybrid “transnational” beauty. The style is obviously brutalist and a product of the “West”; the carved carnelian medallion is older than the ’60s/’70s when brutalism flourished – I would say ca 1900, if not older – and Chinese. And then the clasp, a classic pin closure from the first decades of the 20th c. used to secure in place a bracelet that is so evidently modernist. Oh, how I love my job…


Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/2″ at center front and 1″ on the back, next to the clasp; 144.4 grams

Hallmarks / Date: not hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be solid silver of at least .900, even though I believe it’s sterling; not signed for maker either as is the case with most similar pieces; 1960s-70s for the silver bracelet; the carnelian medallion I believe to be quite older

Condition: excellent vintage with the strongest imaginable presence, one of the most tactile bracelets I have ever handled, with patina to die for and a beautifully carved carnelian medallion showcasing a stylized bird among flowering branches; no damage nor any repairs noted but I would like to mention what seems like a surface scratch in the carnelian which I only saw in the photographs (I use a macro lens and it captures way more than the naked eye does); I think it does not go through to the back but it’s very difficult for me to see since most of it is concealed by the silver work



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