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Rare, Rare, Canadian Sherman Alexandrite Bracelet, 1950's, Magnifique

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Rare, Rare, Canadian Signed Sherman Alexandrite Bracelet, 1950's, Magnifique. I had word of this sometime in March of 2018, one of Sherman's most beautiful designs. I have never seen such large marquis, navettes done in Alexandrite and I had to have it. It is the only bracelet of this design and use of Alexandrite stones known to exist !!! This raises into question how many of Sherman's designs were "one ofs". Some are so rare, just seeing a picture is as close as some of will come.

    This handsome and impressive bracelet dates from the late 1950's, made by the well known Canadian firm of "Sherman" designed as an almost 1 1/2" wide bracelet featuring alternating lines large and small round shaped crystals with a marquise crystal leaf alexandrite 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 4 weeks ago and I received it April 7th, 2018. Very few bracelets Sherman made, 2 so far, 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, for that low light !~

    I have this bracelet also in clear. Alexandrite is the hardest to find, and also the only other piece I have other than the other 2 bracelets in Alexandrite I have posted previously 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. The large Alexandrite marquis stones are in excellent condition, considering they are not available anymore, it would be expensive if not impossible to try to replace any stones.

    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, a most astonishing bracelet !~

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    1. Windwalker, 4 years ago
      Sweet Phil.....
    2. Andreamw, 4 years ago
      It glows. Superb! Thanks for sharing it.
    3. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Beautiful rare bracelet! Love the color!!
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      He shoots! He scores !!
    5. Newfld Newfld, 4 years ago
      Super gorgeous alexandrite Sherman bracelet, fabulous color stones, thank you for great description & marvelous photos - the pixie is a nice backdrop!
    6. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Great post Phil. Beautiful piece!
    7. Radegunder Radegunder, 4 years ago
      These two were made to be together!!
      Thanks Phil!!
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      Both Alexandrite bracelets are MAGNIFICENT MUSEUM QUALITY GEMS...
      I still love the "Tapered Leaf Cluster"! :)
    9. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      Stupid love button won't work, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!
    10. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 4 years ago
      Wow, wow, wow!!!! This is just absolutely gorgeous, a real feast for the eyes! I love the bookend as well.
    11. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Oh, Phil, the beauty!
      Your first photo is art.
    12. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Glad you appreciate it Windwalker !~
    13. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thank you Andreamw for the nice comment, much appreciated !~
    14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thank you Mrstyndall, love to you !~
    15. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      When did Sherman start using these gorgeous man-made gems?
      I find it incredible that they could replicate the real thing with these
      color- changing stones. Must be very expensive indeed to do such a task... brooch with the purple stone focal were right, there are 4 navettes done in synthetic alexandrite as the seller described them as " lilac with a changing color effect"
      Good eye!
    16. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Eileen I believe Sherman used the Alexandrite as soon as they came out so I have read, and I believe he used the man made variety on most of his bracelets, which were pricey at the time. As to your brooch, I recognized the alexandrite right away, if you have a purple based jewel piece by Sherman, it seems he used alexandrite stones more often than not.
    17. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
      So beautiful! A wonderful addition to your collection! Love it.
    18. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      Thanks Phil...
      Of all your spectacular bracelets, these Alexandrite beauties are my favorite!!!
      I must of come back a dozen times already to sneak a peek :)
    19. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 years ago
      Make that 13...
    20. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the wonderful comments Newfld, Radegunder, and Caperfeld, sending love to you, always.
    21. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
    22. raven3766 raven3766, 4 years ago
    23. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thank you betweenthe lens for reading my mind the first time I laid eyes on it !~
    24. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thank you Karen, I appreciate that !~
    25. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
      wow...what a find, well done beautiful and elegant. The second picture is perfect.
    26. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thank you valentino97 for your wonderful comment !~
    27. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Thank you roddyq for the nice comment !~
    28. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thank you raven3736 !~
    29. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Thank you Valentino, sending love your way.
    30. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Thanks Elizabethan and MALKEY for the loves !~
    31. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Thanks glassiegirl, I am surprised that in ordinary home light during the day it seems to retain its beautiful lavender colour. The stones may be the answer, as usually the smaller stones seem to be bluish in most costume jewellery. Apparently these stones on this one are hard to find I am told.
    32. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      Yet another gorgeous Alexandrite rarity...

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