Queen Victoria was not the only trend-setter of the time, her husband Prince Albert also had a significant impact on men's jewelry of the period. Despite having been around since the 16th century, Albert chains got their name from the style that Prince Albert used to wear. They featured T-bar used to affix the chain to the button hole at one end, and a swivel hook to attach the watch.
This fantastic solid 9k rose gold paper clip link pocket watch chain featuring Albert bar and dog clip.
Although the use of pocket watches have declined over the last few decades, the use of the pocket watch chain has not. Now being repurposed as necklaces and for charm bracelets.
Gabriel Lucas is considered the father of fine Mid-Century jewelry in Quebec and without a doubt one of the most commercially successful Artistic Jewelers in Canada's history.
Having moved to Canada from Paris in 1929, Lucas opened on Sherbrook Street in the 1930's. The Lucas look was inspired by two opposites - nature and the bold geometric patterns of modern sculpture and architecture. In the firms heyday over 50 craftsman were employed.
Amongst the firms many accomplishments - his collection was shown at Expo 67. Lucas also designed pieces for Cartier. Aretha Franklin famously wore one of his designs in a photograph by Bruce Weber for Vogue - this was her own ring; she wore it often and it appears in many photographs of her.
To this day his jewelry continues to be sought after for its originality and quality.
Lavish vintage 'Lucas' 18k yellow gold cigarette case, featuring a textured motif. Hand-made in Italy for Montreal Jeweler 'Lucas'. This case would also make a wonderful business card holder.