Jewellery is always better when it’s received as a gift, and even better when it’s a surprise. As I got ready for the big day at Harrods Christmas In July, and started thinking about what jewellery I was going to wear, I remembered a beautiful cuff I had received from Vulcan Jewelry. It was perfect! A wreath of 20 gilt leaves. So festive! Just right for a Christmas party!

Design  2 out of 5 stars
Value for money 4 out of 5 stars
Showstopper 2 out of 5 stars
Durability 3 out of 5 stars
Craftsmanship 3 out of 5 stars
Investment 1 out of 5 stars
Packaging 1 out of 5 stars
GEMOLOGUE SCORE 2 out of 5 stars
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But this is no ordinary wreath, it is a laurel wreath and there is no mistaking the symbolism. Apollo the Greek god of Art wore a laurel wreath as a crown, thought to be the symbol of high status. Maybe it’s the loftiness of my rooftop position or the effect of the free-flowing champagne, but out here in the garden among the clematis, wearing this bracelet for the first time, I can sense a strong connection and a sense of victory. Probably just the fact that I made it up five flights of stairs and found the rooftop garden whilst under the influence of several glasses of the best champagne, compliments of the house (Harrods Christmas dream house, that is!).

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When I first laid eyes on this cuff bracelet, I recognized immediately the Art Nouveau influence in its structure and form as the Austrian style, Jugenstil that I had learned so much about when I was living in Vienna. Art Nouveau is an art movement that influenced the whole of Europe at the turn of the 20th century and was made famous by great artists like Gustav Klimt and Aubrey Beardsley. It was a movement that touched every discipline of art and craftsmanship at the time.

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Vulcan’s style is a new take on Art Nouveau and involves 3D print technology, making this bracelet an interesting fusion of 20th century art and 21st century technology in a form recognized from 3rd century Greece! With the aid of 3D print technology, Vulcan by Desmond Chan can produce intricate jewellery with much more detail than traditional methods.

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I loved wearing this piece; it took me back to my days in Vienna and reminded me of one of my favorite art movements. A lot of the guests noticed the style of the piece at breakfast and later at a friend’s rooftop party, it was a conversation starter that drifted off into Art Nouveau and Vienna and flowers. We all came to the conclusion that rose gold and an unpolished finish would be the best combo.

The Gold-plated Gilt Laurel Bracelet is available online for $180

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Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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