A nephrite, ruby and diamond bracelet, by Théodule Bourdier,

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Lot 5≈ R
A nephrite, ruby and diamond bracelet,
by Theodule Bourdier, circa 1885

Sold for £ 5,625 (US$ 7,291) inc. premium
A nephrite, ruby and diamond bracelet, by Theodule Bourdier, circa 1885
The series of shaped nephrite plaques, graduating in size from the centre, each within a meandering rose-cut diamond frame, spaced by collet-set circular-cut rubies, the central plaque featuring a trio of playful gold putti, maker's mark, French assay marks, one diamond deficient, length 18.3cm

Footnotes

  • Although little is written about Parisian jeweller Théodule Bourdier (b. 1837) - in his monumental treatise, "French Jewellery of the 19th Century", Henri Vever mentions him only twice - he was a noted goldsmith, winning at least two gold medals at the Exposition Universelles in Paris. When the French Crown Jewels were sold off in 1885, Bourdier is recorded as being one of the successful buyers. He also appears to have been related to the Cartier family by marriage.
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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.