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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 and pairing of precious and provocative materials, such as an 18-karat white gold pivot hinge in the wood section of this Harmony Bangle bracelet, along with the use of striated pockwood with stripes of two tones of turquoises set in a grid of oxidized silver, is a very different aesthetic than the work of most other high jewelry firms. The principle of reinterpreting old world skills in new ways, however, is related to the Van Cleef & Arpels example of combining gold and diamonds with Japanese lacquering techniques, as seen in two butterfly brooches in the museum’s collection. Hemmerle’s choice of materials reflects German jewelry history, such as... more

This is a bangle bracelet from Germany. It is dated 2012 and we acquired it in 2013. Gift of Fiona Druckenmiller. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

carved pockwood, cut and polished turquoises and tsavorites, oxidized silver, white gold

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7 x 8 x 2.5 cm (2 3/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 1 in.)

It has the following markings

On the inside of the silver band below turquoises: "HEMMERLE"; the other half of the bangle with gold and silver standard marks: "Au 750" (for 18 K gold) "Ag 925" (for Sterling silver standard) surrounding a mark in the form of a rectangle with incuse letters "GH" (for Gebruder Hemmerle) with hammer in between

This object was designed by Stefan Hemmerle and made by Gebrüder Hemmerle

This object was donated by Fiona Druckenmiller

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