Wide Art Deco Bracelet with Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald Charms, ca.1939

Value (2009) | $30,000 Retail$40,000 Retail

GUEST:
My father presented my mother with a diamond bracelet that was yay wide. And she thanked him very much but told him she would never wear it. And so he took it back and he had another one made for her that was narrower, and she said, "I will keep it in the safe deposit box. I'm not going to wear it." She was really particular. Well, she didn't want to flaunt things. He then had this bracelet made for her, and he said to her when he gave it to her, "This one you cannot return. I have had it made just for you." And of course she loved it, and why not? It's beautiful.

APPRAISER:
Do you know the manufacturer that made this?

GUEST:
He had a jeweler that he used to deal with in New York.

APPRAISER:
There's not a mark on it. It's engraved on the inside with your mother's name, "from Morris, 1939." So, this puts it in the late Deco period. The bracelet is gold, and with the fluting down the side is a typical Deco-style bracelet. And this one is decorated with platinum, diamond and multicolored charms. This is a basket, and then we have a man walking with a dog with a star ruby, which is a very rare stone. Then we have a clown with another star ruby. And then we have a lady with a baby carriage with moveable wheels, a Viking ship with multicolored stones, and a lighthouse with a gorgeous carved ruby and diamond tower. All your diamonds, all your sapphires, all your rubies are top quality stones. Star rubies, they don't come that red. When they're that red, they're magnificent. You have carved emeralds and carved sapphires in this. Your dad was going to add more to it?

GUEST:
When he gave it to her, he told her that every year for their anniversary, he would take one charm off and replace it with another one. And unfortunately, he died in 1940. So, the bracelet is exactly the way he gave it to her.

APPRAISER:
The price on this bracelet in today's market is very strong because it's very collectible. A piece like this would sell retail somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
This is the widest one I've ever seen. Most of them are roughly about a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch. This is an inch and three-quarters wide.

GUEST:
Wow. Thank you very much.

APPRAISER:
You're welcome.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Cluster Jewelry
New York, New York
Appraised value (2009)
$30,000 Retail$40,000 Retail
Event
Atlantic City, NJ (June 06, 2009)
Form
Bracelet

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