Posted 4 years ago
This handsome and impressive bracelet dates from the late 1950's, in the first photo, made by the well known Canadian firm of "Sherman" designed as a 1" wide tapered leaf cluster motif bracelet featuring alternating lines large and small round shaped crystals with a marquise crystal leaf motif center. The bracelet is done in a series of dazzling and intense changing Alexandrite, lilac and deep purple colors, in round shaped and marquise shaped crystals set in a rhodium plated setting. Alexandrite is a very rare (and very expensive) variety of gem-quality chrysoberyl. Although most people have probably never seen a natural alexandrite, this gemstone has replaced the traditional pearl as the modern June birthstone. Alexandrite is a birthstone for June, along with pearl and moonstone. Alexandrite is also the gem for the 55th wedding anniversary.
In accordance this astonishing bracelet was bought just over 2 weeks ago and I received it January 7th, 2018, due to the seller holding off mailing as I was buying a rare pin from him also.. Very few bracelets Sherman made, use Alexandrite stones, so aquiring this one was extremely expensive. Photographing was extremely difficult to show the changes in colour as they actually look, but I am very happy with the colors in the photo being quite accurate !~
I have this bracelet also in clear. Alexandrite is the hardest to find, and I did not see even one of this design in the book on Sherman, also the only other piece I have other than the large lacy alexandrite bracelet by Sherman which I have posted previously... I have included the photo of the lacy alexandrite bracelet also to show that bracelet in the more colours. That bracelet is much wider and in the second photo. You can see the light pink stones almost beginning to show purple. This design is actually not in the Sherman book at all, so it seems it may be the only alexandrite one that exists or known about.
My favourite time to view this bracelet is indoors about 5:30 in late April when there is still light, and the stones seem to be all in shades of purple, astonishing bracelet !~