Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet
Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet
Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet

Louis Comfort Tiffany Tourmaline Bracelet

  • This tourmaline and sapphire bracelet is a rare and unique masterpiece of jewelry design
  • The piece was crafted by the legendary designer Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co.
  • The bracelet's Maine tourmalines and Montana sapphires are among the best of their kind
  • The one-of-a-kind bracelet, beautifully executed in 18K gold, embodies Louis Comfort's design ethos
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Item No. 30-9788
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Crafted by the legendary artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co., this extraordinary bracelet is a rare and unique masterpiece of jewelry design. Delicately handcrafted, the one-of-a-kind bracelet is set with two stunning examples of American gemstones: Maine tourmalines and Yogo Gulch Montana sapphires. Twelve tourmalines totaling approximately 21.25 carats run down the center of the 18K yellow gold link design, while 48 sapphires totaling 10.85 carats add the perfect amount of shimmer to the enchanting piece.

Tiffany collaborated with George Frederick Kunz, Tiffany & Co.'s expert gemologist, to select only the finest gemstones for his unique creations. The gems in this bracelet are truly superior examples. The Maine tourmalines display an exceptionally deep green hue that is reminiscent of Colombian emeralds, while the Montana sapphires boast an incredible color and brilliance. The stones' distinctive cornflower blue hue is the result of trace amounts of iron and titanium found in the bedrock where they were formed. Together, these gems represent some of the finest American tourmalines and sapphires on the market.

Best remembered for his stained glass windows and lamps, along with his Favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany did not begin jewelry design until 1902. Considering the delicacy of his glassworks, his foray into the world of jewelry design seems a natural progression, and his creative output in his jewelry pieces mirror many of the Art Nouveau aesthetics he perfected in prior years. Tiffany is renowned for using semi-precious gemstones and enamel on the basis of their color and character rather than their expense and rarity. His aim was to create one unified, highly beautiful design between the stones and their settings - an aim he achieved in the present masterpiece.

This important bracelet comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Janet Zapata, author of The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany. According to Zapata, the bracelet is a "superb example" of the jewelry created under the design direction of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Signed "Tiffany & Co."

Circa 1910

7 1/2" length

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Maker: Tiffany & Co.
Style:Art Nouveau
Type:Bracelets
Stone:Colored Gemstone
Length:7.5 Inches
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