A true showstopper! This stunning brilliant yellow, 15 karat gold link bracelet has an unbelievable turquoise and seed pearl encrusted clasp. Brilliant blue, small Persian turquoise stones form the four petals of the flower formed on the top of the clasp. Highlights of seed pearls outline the edge of two of these petals. It is exceedingly rare to find the combination of both of these stones which is only one of the many wonderful qualities of this phenomenal bracelet.
Links are .75" wide with rosettes molded into one end of the thick oval links. They are expertly connected with hidden buttons behind each of these molded rosettes. Links are all in excellent condition and bracelet freely moves.
The overwhelmingly rich, buttery yellow 15 karat gold is silky to the touch. It melts in your hand and provides for complete wearability. This higher karat gold content is rather rare as most pieces done during this period were 9 karat. 15 karat gold Victorian pieces are in high demand and ones with turquoise are even more so. This is a true "must have" for any Victorian jewelry collector and would be a lovely choice for a meaningful gift.
Persian turquoise has a very identifiable hue and can readily be identified. It became all the rage due to Prince Albert's specially designed brooches for the wedding train attendants when he wed Victoria. Much of Queen Victoria's jewelry was adorned with this stone which also symbolized empowerment and was to believed to have held special healing properties. It was often reserved for use in only the extremely wealthy's jewelry. Thus, when one was seen wearing a piece with this stone the woman was immediately perceived as belonging to the upper class.
Victorian jewelry originated in England with the period from 1861-1885 known as The Grand Period. We specialize mostly in jewelry from this era. It is bolder in construction as this time frame saw women’s roles transitioning. A switch from dainty to bold construction was demanded due to women becoming more prevalent in business and demanding the right to vote. This move to a bolder look and increased demand was also attributed to the middle class having more access to higher paying jobs and being able to emulate the wealthy. Jewelry was used as a sign of a woman’s wealth and place in society; thus, the more jewelry a woman wore, the wealthier she appeared.
9kt gold became all the rage during this time as it was more affordable for the upper middle class, and it allowed them to denote their rising status in society. The vast majority of gold jewelry found during this period is of this karat content. Earrings, bangles, and chains were now being worn during the day and were no longer reserved for evening. Women of this period were no different than women today; each enjoyed her own style and her pieces were special and significant to her. Her personality emanated from her jewelry.Dimensions:
6.5" inner circumferenceCondition:
Excellent condition. No dents, dings, or issues. Clasp is tight and secure.Circa:
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