"Dieu Vous Garde" Bracelet

$1,650.00
About Details History

This early 20th century bracelet is made in 15k gold and features letters affixed to chain spelling out the French "Dieu Vous Garde," or "God Keep You." The lettering is rendered in the same Art Nouveau font that adorns the entrance to Paris metro stations. A piece of jewelry adorned with these words was meant to work like a protective talisman or a lucky charm. 

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  • Materials: 15k rosy yellow gold
  • Age: c. 1910
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 8 3/8" length - this is about 3/4" longer than a standard bracelet length, it is meant to hang at the top of the hand rather than fit snuggly around the wrist
  • Location: To see this bracelet in person please visit our shop in our Nolita, NYC.
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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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About Details History

This early 20th century bracelet is made in 15k gold and features letters affixed to chain spelling out the French "Dieu Vous Garde," or "God Keep You." The lettering is rendered in the same Art Nouveau font that adorns the entrance to Paris metro stations. A piece of jewelry adorned with these words was meant to work like a protective talisman or a lucky charm. 

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  • Materials: 15k rosy yellow gold
  • Age: c. 1910
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 8 3/8" length - this is about 3/4" longer than a standard bracelet length, it is meant to hang at the top of the hand rather than fit snuggly around the wrist
  • Location: To see this bracelet in person please visit our shop in our Nolita, NYC.
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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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