A SUPERB DIAMOND BRACELET, WINSTON
The highly flexible tapering wide band of circular and baguette-cut diamond latticework design, enhanced by five rows of graduating circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, in a suede case, circa 1953--6 ins. long
Total estimated weight of the diamonds approximately 80.00 cts.
One Christmas, Harry Winston noticed the unobtrusive manner in which wires on a wreath held holly leaves but were virtually invisible. Drawing upon this simple model, Winston instructed his craftsman to devise a jewelry setting in which the mounting would be wholly subordinate in deference to the gemstones. Diamonds, set into such invisible mountings, would now dictate the design of a piece of jewelry. As a natural extension of this new concept, by fashioning the mounting out of interconnected wires, often with movable pins, jewelry became almost as pliant as fabric. The illustrated bracelet is as supple as a piece of lace that, when worn, feels as natural as one's own skin, totally belying the remarkable cleverness and complexity of its design and execution.
The name, Harry Winston, is synonymous with diamonds. Not only does this jeweler insist upon superb gemstones but the design of a piece of jewelry must also live up to the standards of this house. On this bracelet, baguette and circular-cut diamonds form a latticework pattern. When placed upon a flat surface, the bracelet is slightly convex, giving it a three-dimensional quality. In its design, construction, and use of magnificent diamonds, this bracelet is truly a treasure.
This bracelet is featured in "Harry Winston, The Ultimate Jeweler" by Laurence S. Krashes, New York, 1984, p.186.