This bracelet is centered by a vintage cobalt blue stone nestled in a decorative brass trellis. This unique and stunningly colored stone was initially manufactured for mid-century modern costume jewelry. We were thrilled to find these beauties on our spring button-hunting trip.
We named this bracelet treillage, the French word for latticework or trellis. Ornate trellises were popularized by French country gardeners during the decadent reign of King Louis XIV. Sumptuous latticework supported garden vines and added elegance to aristocratic country gardens.
The popularity of latticework exploded when King Louis XIV commissioned an architect to build a palatial trellis for his garden. As they grew in popularity, people started to refer to trellis used in outdoor gardens, and parks, and as decorative architectural elements on buildings as treillage.
In this piece:
Cobalt blue stone nested in brass strips, circa 1960 or 1970
Three brass stampings made today in the USA vintage dies