A beautiful Belle Epoque diamond and platinum bracelet c.1910, the bracelet formed of two rows of old cut diamonds set in platinum marquise shaped collets with millegrain edging positioned diagonally giving the impression of a twisted chord and with three looped love knots evenly spaced along the length, one conceals the tongue and box clasp. The lover’s knot is symbolic of love and affection between two parties as denoted by the two separate chords that are tied together with the distinctive looping knot. This knot has no obvious beginning or end and when pulled, only gets tighter and more difficult to undo, the implication being that when under pressure love only strengthens the ties that bind. Dating back to antiquity there are references to lover’s knots in text and imagery throughout history including Ancient Greece and Egypt, Celtic decorative items and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. A symbol with the most romantic connotations, it is no surprise that it was beloved by the Victorians – whose sentimentality knew no bounds – and it has continued to be used in jewellery to the present day. This gorgeous bracelet dates to the early 20th century and was almost certainly made in France. The diamonds are beautifully twinkly and the design of the bracelet is very clever with the setting used to depict a twisted chord. Whilst we rarely need to rely on secret symbols and messages to express our feelings today, jewels like this are perfect for romantics and this bracelet would be a wonderful gift for a loved one.
Old-cut diamonds estimated to weigh a combined total of approximately 2.5cts
Platinum with French assay marks
7” / 17.7cm long
0.33” / 0.86cm wide