Waslikoff & Sons Diamond Bracelet, ca. 1940
It's by a company called Waslikoff & Sons, and most people don't know that name. They worked from the '30s and the '40s and did very high-end platinum jewelry. We call this the straight line bracelet of the 1930s and '40s. Today, of course, they call it the tennis bracelet. But what makes this one special, because most of the ones we see don't have this quality of diamonds, these are just extraordinary because they're so well matched. Each one is exactly the same cut and exactly the same color. I measured them to be between 15 and 20 points each, and you have 36 set in the bracelet. They're probably what we call F color, which is quite high and very clean, and that makes this bracelet worth probably double any of the ones that we normally see. They're usually around $3,000 and $4,000. This is going to be between $8,000 and $10,000. And are you going to wear it?
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