A ruby and diamond bracelet, by Koch,

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A ruby and diamond bracelet,
by Koch, circa 1910

Sold for £ 5,625 (US$ 7,219) inc. premium
A ruby and diamond bracelet, by Koch, circa 1910
Designed as a delicate openwork line of cushion-shaped rubies, graduating in size from the centre, connected by old brilliant and rose-cut diamond star motifs, millegrain detail throughout, mounted in yellow gold and platinum, old brilliant-cut diamonds approximately 0.30 carat total, unsigned, length 18.0cm, tooled-leather fitted case by Koch Frankfurt AM, B Baden

Footnotes

  • German jeweller, Koch, creators of superb quality Belle Époque jewels, was founded in Frankfurt in 1879 and run by two enterprising brothers, Robert and Louis. During the 1880s they opened a second branch in Baden Baden to cater to wealthy international visitors who came to the fashionable spa town. Their strategy was so successful that by the turn of the 20th century they were supplying their delicately crafted jewelled designs, mainly executed by the workshop Kreuter in Hanau, to the German Imperial Family, the Russian Czar as well as to other European royals, aristocrats and American millionaires. Troubled times followed after Hitler's rise to power when members of the family were forced to leave and the Baden Baden shop was closed due to lack of international trade. Finally, the firm was "Aryanised" its assets were frozen. After the Second World War, Koch reopened under new management and achieved some success during the 1950s; the business finally shut its doors in 1987. Today, jewels by the house of Koch, made during their early 20th century heyday, are highly sought after.
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Item contains ruby or jadeite

Please note that as a result of recent legislation ruby and jadeite gem stones of Burmese (Myanmar) origin may not be imported into the US. Rubies and jadeite of non-Burmese origin require certification before import into the US.