Etruscan Revival Flower Gesture Bangle in Yellow Gold
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A hinged, Victorian-era, Etruscan revival bangle bracelet, made in yellow gold, and set with an old European cut diamond. This bangle features a highly-dimensional, beautifully-carved flower-like head, surrounded by finely done gold granulation and rope work. The hinge and push clasp function perfectly, and the safety chain is original. The focal elements of this bracelet (the head, and the coiled rope-work stem below it) are 18k gold; the round wire that comprises the body is 14k gold.
c. 1870 - 1880
Flower-like focal element measures approx 17.1 mm. bracelet body measures approx 3.5 mm thick. Diamond is approx .25 carats. This bracelet fits a 6 - 6 3/4" wrist. Shown on a 6 1/2" wrist.
It is not unusual to find jewelry from this era made with two gold alloys of different finenesses. 10k and 14k gold are more durable alloys than 18k gold, so you will often find bracelets, watch chains, and other large pieces of jewelry made with a higher fineness alloy (used for its high color) and a lower fineness alloy (used for its for durability, design contrast and/or cost management). The use of blooming techniques, that drew fine gold out to the surface of a 10k or 14k gold alloy was also used for these reasons.