We have similar Chinese and Coral items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Dylan L.
Age Circa: Art Deco C. Markings: Unmarked, Tested, and Guaranteed.
Gram Weight: 18.3 Grams. Main Stone Carat Weight/Color: There are two sizes of the coral; The largest measures 4.8 mm long by 6.7 mm wide, The smaller measures 2 mm in diameter, Opaque dyed bright red hue.
Stone Cuts: Round Cabochon Cut Coral, Oval Cabochon Cut Coral. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.Item Measurements: The bracelet has a wearable length of 7.5" long including the wrist gap and measures 1.62" wide. The smaller wrist gap measures 0.31" wide measured north to south between the dragon's head and tail, while the larger wrist gap measures 2.55" wide.
Closure/Clasp Type: This bracelet is meant to be worn over the wrist through the gap. This gorgeous item was handmade in the China for export to the western world. This item was made in a dragon motif, and features a multitude of geometric details which add to the lifelike appearance of the item. The head and tale of the dragon motif were made using the repousse technique.
The repousse technique dates back as far as the 3rd century BC and involves hand hammering precious metals into beautiful and intricate patterns. The face of the dragon features three dyed coral stones, which are a bright red hue. A light patina on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality, which we believe is quite lovely. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this.
This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece.During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world.
The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world.
They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to. Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high-quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework.
Red coral has played an important part in Chinese art, culture, and style throughout history and into the 21st century. Red coral has been used as an ornamental stone or material in Chinese jewelry, carvings, and sculptures because of its vibrant variety of red hues. In ancient times, red coral was delivered to China by the Silk Roads from Italy, by sea from the Persian Gulf, and from the Mediterranean Sea via the Indian Ocean. The amount of natural red color has dramatically decreased in recent years due to environmental factors and coral harvesting.The quantity of manufactured coral on the market has increased as the popularity of Chinese red coral continues. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast.
Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling 900 Silver Chinese Dragon Coral Cuff Bracelet" is in sale since Saturday, June 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Bracelets".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.