All olives are equal…(but some are more equal than others)
One of a kind antique bracelet set with 7.20 carat diamonds and crafted by the illustrious Emile Olive. This very bracelet is depicted in the “Bible of Antique Jewelry” namely Henri Vever’s “La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle” (third volume, page 533) and in its English translation “French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century” (page 1025).
Henri Vever writes about Emile Olive:
“Emile Olive (1853-1902) succeeded Le Saché as designer in Falize’s firm. An artist of lively intelligence and infinite taste, he spent thirty years applying body and soul to our beloved art. It is obvious that Olive’s gift for geometry was hardly appreciated by his father, an accountant, since he sent him to work with a cheese and bean seller in Rue de la Verrerie.
Such an environment seemed hardly likely to foster the development of an artistic vocation. However the young man felt such a need to draw and had such a hightly developed sense of decoration that he even found curious ornamental motifs in the stains and fissures of the the old shop walls and in the mould on the cheeses of his employer!”
The Belle Époque (French for “Beautiful Era”) was a period in European social history that began during the late 19th century and lasted until World War I. Occurring during the time of the French Third Republic and the German Empire, the “Belle Époque” was named in retrospect, when it began to be considered a “golden age” the major powers of Europe, new technologies improved lives and the commercial arts adapted Renaissance and eighteenth-century styles to modern forms. This epoch overlaps the end of what is called the Victorian Era there and the period named the Edwardian Era.