Stone Cuts : Carved and polished oval cabochon. Link Type : Fancy gold wash over sterling silver filigree links. Handmade during the Art Deco era in China, a rare piece of Chinese export jewelry. 925 sterling silver with a yellow gold wash. Five beautiful carnelian stones were carved into oval cabochons.Each stone rests in a bezel setting atop a huge, curving filigree chain link. What appears to be the stylized, circular Chinese Hanzi character adorns each link. Completed with a locking box clasp with safety chain for secure wear. It is difficult to clasp the safety chain because the chain's hook is slightly bent; this can easily be repaired by your local jeweler. There is very minor wear to the gold wash over sterling silver in several areas, but this does not affect wear. 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 specifically cut to fit the design of the piece.
During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often 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. Carnelian is a beautiful form of chalcedony gemstone that has been used to create jewelry for nearly 5000 years.
It is an opaque-looking stone that ranges in red hues from pale orange to an intense, almost black blood red. Called the stone of kings, carnelian was well suited to carving, and would often be used in seal rings by the great ancient civilizations.
Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads, until a final motif emerges.It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes. Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia.
The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Gold Wash Chinese Carnelian Bracelet 36.7g" is in sale since Sunday, November 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Bracelets & Charms".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.