Early 900 silver cuff bracelet. Gorgeous Jugendstil, art nouveau, cross-over to art deco designed bangle with domed design to fit comfortably on the wrist bone. This is a confusing piece in terms of design. I see a decided Jugendstil influence, but it has been suggested that its more Arts & Crafts. You decide. To me, you would see in early art deco photos of ladies wearing outrageous, theatrical costumes. Signed Ajoya 900 as seen in the last photo.
CONDITION: Good vintage condition with no damage
SIZE: Open back and flexible to fit smaller or larger wrist. Silver size is 6 1/2 inches with an opening to slip on the wrist which is 1 inch. Can be opened and/or tightened
900 silver is the hallmark that was used on silver mostly before the 19th century mostly in Europe. It has also been denoted for use as coin or standard silver. 900 silver is at least 90% pure silver and was used for coins and fine jewelry. These hallmarks were not used in the US because laws requiring such hallmarks were not mandated until 1906. Many people use them to identify the age of vintage and antique jewelry.
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From the first time I watched Astaire and Rogers float across a dance floor as a young girl, I have loved art deco design, art, fashion and jewelry. So bold and beautiful, and so different from anything that came before it. Art deco changed social and design sensibilities forever. A lifetime collector of high quality antiques and vintage, I started by making contacts, researching and learning. Picking the best of the best, I live with art deco and vintage decor and used to wear the fashions of the day. To say that I feel in love is an understatement. I reveled in the fact that I was able to reflect my unique style and sensibilities with a marriage of old and new. What you see in my shop is my personal collection. Since I was in my teens I have bought what pleases me, what I find beautiful and unique, and the things that speak to me on a creative level. I hope that you can see and feel the passion and love that I feel for antiques and vintage pieces and share with you. You will find art deco, collectible and vintage fine art paintings, original illustrations and magazine covers, home decor, marble, alabaster and metal lamps, nude flapper table lamps, sterling silver decorative accents and tableware for the home and entertaining, designer and estate jewelry and fine vintage watches in my shop.