Circa 1870.Possibly the most unusual and beautiful antique bracelet ever designed! It will take your breath away...
This may have been an engagement bracelet. It was customary to give your girl a bracelet when proposing marriage in the Victorian era. I think the fellow that presented this was taking no chances!
Although one does not usually talk about rose cut diamonds in weight, I need to convey the size of these stones. Actual weight is around 5cts (flat backs). Visually, it looks like at least 7cts. Yes, I mean 7 CARATS of diamonds. All the stones are in closed back settings, probably foiled, as was the custom in the 1800's.
The center stone of the flower is the size of a modern 1 ct diamond solitaire, measuring 6.5mm to 7mm in diameter. It is bright white and I see no inclusions, it is prong set to stand out in the center of the flower. The 6 surrounding stones in the flower (bezel set) add up to at least another 1.5 carats visually. The shamrocks on either side of the flower hold 6 oval stones, each measuring 6mm long and there are two more rose cuts, one in each shamrock stem, and they are 4mm.
Add that all up, 2.5ct in the flower and another 4.5 (conservatively) in the shamrocks, and you have the visual impact of at least 7ct of diamonds. The stones vary in clarity and cut, typical of the era. This looks nothing like a modern diamond bracelet, that's why I love it. There are no markings on it, also typical of the era. It tests strongly for 14K gold, it is possibly 15K.
The bangle bracelet is hinged and has a screw clasp, it holds securely. If you've never seen one, the screw comes all the way out and the bracelet opens. The flower is 7/8" in diameter, almost as big as a quarter! It is 2 1/4" by 2" on the inside, which means, yes, it will fit you.
This outstanding piece of history came from a Texas Rancher's estate. The ranch had been in the family for 3 generations. The jewelry collection was unbelievable.
The pictures do not convey the size or total effect of this bracelet, it is larger than life...in a floral, Victorian manner. Truly extraordinary!
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