Handcrafted vintage 1940s Parenti sterling silver bracelet features beautifully detailed, linked panels depicting both the Medici coat of arms and the Florentine fleur de lis.
There are three each of the Florentine fleur-de-lis (a fleur-de-lis with stamens between the petals, which has symbolized the city since the 11th century) and the crowned Medici coats of arms (six balls on a shield, said to represent everything from bitter oranges to pills to the dents left by a giant). The bracelet is stamped "Parenti Sterling" on the back of the embossed hook.
The Italian-born Parenti sisters-- Delfina Parenti and Zoe Parenti Borghi—were European–trained silversmiths who immigrated to the Boston area in the 1930s and eventually opened galleries in Boston, Osterville, and Gloucester where they sold their handcrafted jewelry. A 1941 ad showing a similar style panel link bracelet including fleur de lis (which retailed for $18, or roughly $285 in modern currency) notes the Parenti's fondness for "antique motifs".
Measuring 6 ¾" long and 1 ¼" wide, and with a weight of 48.6 grams, this beautiful and highly collectible bracelet is in excellent condition.
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