Putting on and closing a bracelet on your own has often if not always been a hassle. Although the slider system does not seem like an innovation per sé, it appears like a revolutionnary way to adjust fine jewelry bracelet like no other.
By Marie-Caroline Selmer
The slider system was a common practice in costume jewelry enabling to adjust to a perfect length a bracelet made of all kinds of fabrics. What worked for fashion jewelry could not be adapted to « real » jewelry due to metal constraints and flexibility.
As a matter of fact, when it comes to clasps, jewelers have been very creative over the years transforming large and heavy clasps into spring rings or lobster clasps. Effective and elegant, it is still working well on most of light to medium necklaces and bracelets.
But today, closing a bracelet is expected to be more than clasp, a dramatic way to close a highly-think design piece chopping off a newly-made manucure to the risk of almost dropping the bejeweled piece on the ground.
High jewelers have brought innovation at its level point with the slider, a new way to close a bracelet. Usually, it is made with a fastener resembling a buckle through which a material can be passed and secured.
Piaget embodied this new trend closure with its Possession bracelet and matching sliding necklace. Set with a red carnelian stone and a scintillating diamond, the rose gold chain ends up with a P charm gold letter, like a precious amulet dancing around your wrist.
Possession pendant in white gold and bracelet set with a red carnelian stone
At Jemma Wynne, the closure is thought as a unique design element. A precious detail to finish sophisticated pieces with a strong fashion sensibility. For the Prive Luxe Diamond Slider bracelet, the creative duo has conceived an adjustable charm that makes it easy to find the perfect fit. Handmade from 18-karat rose, yellow or white gold, this elegant bracelet is studded with 0.70-carats of light-catching diamonds. A must-have piece in your ready-to-wear jewelry collection.
Prive Luxe diamond slider bracelet
The slider system is getting even more precious at Sara Weinstock with her 18k yellow gold Bolo bracelet featuring an adjustable white-diamond-studded charm, joining two flexible links embellished with sequentially sized white diamonds.
Ornamental stones aren’t enough anymore. Now, it’s all about the closing details !