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For many years, it has been an open question about the origin and dating of what are known as the "bubbles" jewelry.  Found in many designs and colors, all pieces have a design of bubbles in enamel applied over sterling.  One of the designs includes a Pierrot in the center.

Marks include an E in a square and STERLING, STERLING by itself or no mark.

In reviewing some of my photocopies of early Women's Wear Daily articles, Robin Deutsch discovered a picture and article (dated May 1, 1930) about the bubbles.  The article and some pictures follow.
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I have a black bubbles bracelet very similar to the teal set you have posted. The connectors are different, but otherwise, the same.
Susan Forrest, Thu, 19 Jul 2012 5:51PM
Hi Cathy, I have a bubble necklace signed H in a triangle and sterling. It features a butterfly. My research shows that this is the mark of the F. A. Hermann Company, founded in 1908. I have it on my Ruby Lane site if you want to copy the picture and/or mark (http://www.rubylane.com/shops/pinksteel).
Karen B. | http://www.rubylane.com/shops/pinksteel, Thu, 14 Sep 2006 4:04PM
thanks again for sharing, alice
ahi, Sun, 7 May 2006 2:21PM
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Women's Wear Daily May 1, 1930

Metal With enamel in Effective Designs Offered in Necklace Bracelet, Earrings
Patou's Metal and Black Tailored Jewelry Endorsed

Costume jewelry designed to be worn with tailored suit, emphasizing metal combined with black, or metal offset by enamel, is being promulgated by Fishel-Nessler Co.  ....
The enamel group is of particular interest.  Inspired by German craftsmanship, flat disks or rings are utilized, developed in metal of various shades, on which is applied a delicate design in colored enamels.  Various overlapping effects are also used in the composition of these necklaces and bracelets, the matching pendant earrings being completed by a shower fringe of plain metal.  similar designs are presented in sets entirely of metal, omitting the enamel decoration.  Sometimes a touch of marcasite is found in this group.

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Black and white enamel bubbles necklace and bracelet.  Marked E (in a square) and STERLING.

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Teal, lavender and yellow enamel bubbles necklace, bracelet, pin and earrings.  Variety of marks: necklace- E in a square and STERLING, bracelet-no marks, earrings-STERLING, pin-E and STERLING.

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Close-up of bubbles.

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Blue and white bubbles with black enamel accents.  Marked STERLING.

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Deco cloisonné enamel bubbles pin set in sterling.

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