“The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.” - Act IV, Scene i, of Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sometimes it is possible to see oneself in a midsummer night’s dream, and like any child in make-believe, without costume the dream would not be complete. In that vein, we present this glistening, gorgeous bracelet from the renowned firm of David Andersen in Norway. It seems almost from a land of fairies and dreams though. Delicate leaves are ready to bind round your wrist, an attractive motif in itself, but it is the enamel which makes this bracelet so delicious and dream-like. The rich and varying shades of green seem to contain enough color for a whole forest, so intense, so vibrant are the colors. The form is classic, even ladylike, but the opulent colors and strength of the enamel gives a wildness that belies its stricter form. Somewhat like that moment when, your eyes scanning across a crowded room, they snag on the gaze of another’s pair of eyes. And in that moment the casual, disinterested glance becomes something more, something slightly dangerous and definitely flirtatious. So, too, here, at first glance this bracelet might seem demure and ready for the white-gloves set, but a second, deeper glance shows a delicious richness ready for your own midsummer night’s dream.
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Mild tarnish on back, otherwise everything looks great. When I received it, it had to be repaired as one of the small loops holding the links together had come loose, but it was done so well I can’t even figure out which one it was. Full marks for Sterling Silver, made by David Andersen in Norway, with the ‘W’ mark for Willy Winnaess as the designer. Measures 7” when closed, and a ½” wide.
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