14K Gold Double Strung Victorian Bracelet with Cameo Gemstones
This is a gorgeous double strung 14 karat gold slide bracelet with a central French enamel portrait and over 20 bright charms including a citrine, an amethyst, a tiger's eye, a lapis gem, a topaz, and a garnet. The bracelet is wonderful luxury piece. It is really breathtaking and makes a wonderful piece of jewelry to add to an evening dress. It has eleven beautifully carved cameos, some from pink corals and others from shells. There are 21 bright 14 karat gold slides each with a gemstone attached, and a central ovals enamel portrait of a young girl in profile. The enamel portrait has a nice finish to it, is very nicely painted although it has a few tiny abrasions that come with age. These go unnoticed when the bracelet is worn, and do not deter from the beauty of the jewelry piece. The bracelet dates to the 1890's and was a very popular accessory during the Victorian era. In the 19th Century before the wristwatch, Victorian ladies collected the slides that make up this kind of a bracelet; they could attach and reassemble the charms collected, sometimes attached to a chain, and from this necklace a watch was attached. The assembly of gems and slides was constantly changing along with the styles of the time. The various gold various pieces are lined on a double chain with little gold balls for spacing, and this gold chain runs entirely through the bracelet. The craftsmanship is impeccable. The sliding bracelet has a box clasp and the safety chain at end. The central oval enamel portrait measures 3/4 of an inch by 1/2 an inch. The small cameos and gems are approximately 1/4 of an inch each. The central portrait is french made but the pieces fitted together and bracelet might have a different origin. The bracelet weighs 78 grams. It is rare to find an antique double slide bracelet as this one in such great condition.
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