Bangle Bracelet, "Egyptian Story", 2012 Pockwood, turquoises, tsavorites, oxidized silver, white gold. Gift of Fiona Druckenmiller. 2013-27-1.
What is this?
Circular bangle form with flattened sides leading to rounded ends that almost touch, the two part bracelet joined at a seam in the pockwood at the middle of underside, with one half rotating on a pivoting hinge of 18 K white gold, the pockwood with alternating light and dark striations terminating in a band of alternating dark and light turquoises set in oxidized silver, the ends with inset darker and lighter green tsavorites within oxidized silver
Why is this in our collection?
Hemmerle’s unusual mix of unseen technical solutions, such as an 18 karat white gold pivot hinge in the wood part of this bracelet, along with the use of striated pockwood with stripes of two tones of turquoises set in a grid of oxidized silver, gives a very different aesthetic from the work of such other high jewelry firms as Van Cleef & Arpels that was used in the butterflies in the Museum's collection. However, the principle of mixing old world skills in new ways is related to the concept of using Japanese lacquer on French-executed gold and diamond butterflies. Hemmerle's choice of materials reflects German jewelry history, as it includes such metal as steel, popular in Prussia in the... more