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1880's Elegance: A Gold Bracelet with a Sparkling History

This exquisite Victorian bracelet, crafted in 1880, is a masterpiece of 18K yellow gold, showcasing the era's affinity for intricate designs. Comprising seven bow-shaped panels, each meticulously detailed with granules and filigree, the bracelet alternates between diamond-studded bows and solitary diamond centres, creating a harmonious blend of sparkle and sophistication. The old European cut diamonds, totaling approximately 1.00 crt, add a touch of timeless elegance. With its blend of granulation and filigree techniques, this bracelet not only encircles the wrist with beauty but also embodies a rich narrative of craftsmanship and history, including a personal engraving that hints at its storied past.

This 18K yellow gold Victorian bracelet from 1880 consists of seven stylized bow-shaped panels with eight granules topping the knot's rim. Four of these bows are embellished with a horizontal alignment of three old European cut diamonds with engraved frills, while the other alternating three panels centre a diamond in a quatrefoil of filigree. With in between joints of a filigree quatrefoil on a frilling frame, this meticulously crafted jewel embraces your arm in an on-going cycle of gold, diamonds and history.

Antique jewelry object group: bracelet

Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.

Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
  -  See also: Victorian or more info on styles

Period: ca. 1880
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Material: 18K yellow gold
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Technique: Granulation is a technique where the goldsmith uses very small balls (granules) of metal, which are not soldered to the piece but welded. This technique demand very high skills and precision from the maker. And filigree (formerly written filigrann or filigrane) which is a delicate kind of jewel work made with twisted threads usually of gold and silver or stitching of the same curving motifs. It often suggests lace and French from 1660 to the late 19th century. It should not be confused with ajoure jewellery work; while both have many open areas, filigree involves threads being soldered together to form an object and ajoure involves holes being punched, drilled, or cut through an existing piece of metal. (from: Wikipedia)

Diamonds: 13 old European cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 1.00 crt.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Total diamond weight: approx. 1.00 crt.
Colour and clarity: F/H, vs/si

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Engraving: In the closure a name is engraved: Pharaïlde Van Thillo. We only found one person with that name. She was a violin player from Antwerp, Belgium, born 1869

Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: width 1,35 cm (0,53 inch), length 18,00 cm (7,09 inch)

Weight: 19,90 gram (12,80 dwt)

Reference Nº: 23068-0296

Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewellery



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