A cultured pearl and diamond ‘Matelassé’ bracelet, by Chanel, 1997
The flexible strap, designed as a curved lattice of brilliant-cut diamonds, set throughout with 5.4-5.9mm cultured pearls, to a concealed clasp, mounted in 18 carat gold, diamonds approx. 12.75 carats total, signed Chanel, maker’s mark, numbered, French assay mark, UK import mark, inner diameter 5.8mm, maker’s case
The matelassé, or ‘quilted’ motif, has been closely associated with the house of Chanel since the creation of the 2.55 handbag in 1955. Various sources of inspiration have been cited for the iconic quilted diamond pattern, from the stained glass windows of the convent at Aubazine where Coco Chanel resided as a child, to the cushions in the designer’s Parisian apartment.