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Wachenheimer sterling, 3 row bracelet with onyx & diamanté
Wachenheimer Brothers bracelet
Front of onyx & diamante 3-row bracelet
Close-up view of bracelet front
Close-up view of harp-shaped end
Bracelet back
Close-up view of bracelet back, showing construction

Onyx, Diamanté & Sterling 3-Row Bracelet by Wachenheimer Bros.


MAKER: Wachenheimer Bros.

SIZE: 6 7/8" x 1/2"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: c.1933-1934


REFERENCE: 1933-1934 ads in "The Jewelers' Circular"

This Wachenheimer sterling, 3 row bracelet has a line of faceted, round onyx-glass stones on either side of a center row of diamantés. The bejeweled fold-over clasp, which joins the harp-shaped link at each end, was used by this maker in the early 1930s, when they were no longer using their Diamonbar trademark. This bracelet was made for a slim wrist. Please note the bracelet length (6 7/8″) and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. Scroll down to see a great selection of Art Deco pieces to wear with this lovely jewel.

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Onyx, Diamanté & Sterling 3-Row Bracelet by Wachenheimer Bros.

$345.00 USD
Why Buy Vintage Costume Jewelry?

One reason is that it’s environmentally friendly. Resale fashion and vintage jewelry has become a preferred sustainable and affordable shopping choice by today’s discerning fashion and eco-conscious consumer.

Another major reason is the quality. Although vintage costume jewelry was made for all levels of the marketplace – from dime stores to high-end fashion boutiques and jewelry stores – you will find only the best pieces here. They were well-designed and carefully made to last. The manufacturers represented here used only the finest materials – glass stones and beads from Bohemia, Austria, and France, and faux pearls from France and Japan. Settings were primarily sterling silver, gold-filled, or base metals heavily plated with gold, silver, or rhodium. Stones were hand-set, and pieces were hand-finished.

The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

A third reason to buy costume jewelry is its uniqueness. Having survived for so many decades in such wonderful condition and having been selected for their aesthetic quality, the pieces you’ll find here are unlikely to be found elsewhere.

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