We have had a excellent source look at this stunning peice. The pearls at each panel are not faux but are small salt water pearls. The color corresponding rhinestones are not rhinestones but stunning gems! Amethyst , sapphire, emerald and topaz. These gems are deeply bezel set as are the pearls. We are going to have metal of the peice tested to try to find out what it is or what it is plated with as there is no wear. As we said the clasp is not original to the peice just functional.
We feel like detectives try to find out more about this stunning pate de vere (poured glass bracelet).
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This is a stunning vintage gripoix or poured glass panel bracelet. The bracelet comes with mystery along with the style and uniqueness. This ornate bracelet boasts 4 large panels inset with incredibly unique shaped poured glass. The stunning colors of each piece have glimmering iridescence radiating from the interior of every piece this is very difficult to photograph but i did try with the backs feeling sugary and darkened. Each color panel has corresponding colored inset gems and each panel also has 8 salt water pearls their condition for the age is remarkable. The heavy silver tone metalwork that supports each panel is also ornate with open work and floral motif that also includes the metal holding the glass panels from the front. The panels are as follows in colors amethyst glass with amethyst emerald green glass with emerald gem, sapphire blue with blue sapphire and last light topaz glass with topaz gems. The back of the bracelet reveals the heavy metal prongs that help hold each panel from behind and you can note the sugary appearance of the glass backs. The only part i do not believe to be original with this bracelet is the fold over clasp that has some metal wear revealing a little brass color. There is no metal wear anywhere else on this immense piece. So this is unsigned and unidentified and absolutely is not unnoticed!! What an incredible creation that has a french impression to maybe art deco style. This is a heavy piece and will not fail to start a conversation. I do believe this would grace any collection and if you are looking for unique i have been unable to find anything like it. That being said this is ready for a new home to dress and impress. Perhaps your home is the next destination for this unique piece. Happy shopping.
Pâte de verre, meaning paste of glass, is once again emerging as a revived glass working technique from ancient times. This method of turning glass powder into paste and fusing in molds at high heat in a kiln was first discovered in Mesopotamia in the 16th century B.C., for use in jewelry inlays and sculpture, and then improved by ancient Egyptian royalty for intricate mosaics and vessels from 1500-1000 B.C. The Egyptians called it ''stone that flowers'' due to the gem like quality and light reflection the fused glass displayed.
Later, the Persians took their turn at further refining the process during the fourth and fifth century to produce exquisite vessels up through the first century, A.C. Only after the inception of glass blowing, credited to the Romans, did pâte de verre all but disappear because glass blowing was faster and more economical to produce.
Around the end of the 19th century, the war-starved, art-hungry artisans of France revived this process. Naming it pâte de verre, meaning ''paste of glass'', it became an instant success in high demand during the post-war art deco movement
If you have any information about this piece as to its origin I would love to hear from you as always I continue to
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