We find this bracelet made in the 1950s by J. Roca very attractive and a good example of early post-War jewellery when inspiration often came from the glamorous diamond creations of the 1930s.
A 1950s Spanish diamond bracelet
A delicate and charming bracelet by J. Roca of Barcelona.
Composed of 12 step-cut diamonds linked by bands pavé-set with small circular-cut stones, set in platinum and signed J. Roca.
The jeweller Rogeli Roca was a supporter of the artistic avant-garde and was a great friend of the Catalan architect and city planner, Josep Lluís Sert (1902-1983). Sert designed the ground floor of a building on Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, in 1934, for Roca’s jewellery showroom. His design was radical and provoked controversy at the time; it made use of the metal framework underneath the structure’s neoclassical façade without the need for load-bearing walls. The sophisticated, translucent front to Roca’s premises was constructed using polished and reflective materials to evoke the sparkle of his jewels displayed inside.
Diamond bracelet set with 12 square-cut diamonds (the 6 larger diamonds weighing approximately 5.70cts in total, the 6 smaller diamonds weighing approximately 1.50cts in total), 60 baguette diamonds weighing approximately 2.40cts in total, and 204 single-cut diamonds