925 Sterling Silver with a Rhodium Wash and a Yellow Gold Wash. Item Measurements: The bracelet has a wearable length of 7.25" and measures 0.80" wide. Closure/Clasp Type: Snap Lock Clasp.Link Type: Fancy Scene Links. This piece was handmade during the Art Deco era in Japan. The band of the bracelet consists of seven sterling silver links, each of which has a rhodium wash, a common practice during this time period to protect the sterling silver from tarnish and increase its natural shine. The links were chased by hand with designs inspired by nature, including bamboo, birds, and flowers; these designs were then accented with yellow gold wash.
When worn, the links should lay flat against the wrist with the chased designs facing outward. Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. There are small test scratch marks on the back of one of the links; however, this is not visible when the bracelet is worn and does not affect wear. The price has been reduced to reflect this.
This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece.During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. When it comes to Japan, Western-style jewelry has not been around for very long. For most of Japan's history, there was very little contact with the Western world.
In fact, Western influence didn't hit Japan until the Meiji Restoration of Imperial power in 1868. Prior to this, the Japanese didn't have much demand for Western-style jewelry such as rings, bracelets, necklaces or watches; simply because most Western-style jewelry just didn't match with the traditional Japanese-style of clothing such as'kosode' and'kimono', which are essentially pocketless, robe-like garments. After 1868, Western-style clothing gained popularity throughout Japan, which fueled demand for the commercial manufacturing of Western jewelry, bringing about the rise of timeless Japanese legends like Mikimoto Kokichi and K.Rhodium plated silver is fine or sterling silver that is polished and dipped in rhodium for a bright finish similar to white gold. Rhodium plating is used to add beauty to a piece and to prevent tarnish from forming on the silver. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling 925 Silver Gold Japanese Scene Floral Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, June 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.