This highly collectible circa 1930's book piece is known as a Days of the Week bracelet and features 7 hand carved mother of pearl cameos set in continental 800 silver bezels bearing gilt washed rope accents. The rectangular cameos measure .75" by .5" and feature pearlescent white grounds which transition to luminous golden brown depictions of various gods and goddesses driving chariots executed in relief. The original images the cameos are based on were painted by master of High Renaissance classicism Raffaello Sanzio, also known as Raphael.
From left to right the cameos depict:
Monday - Artemis/Diana - Goddess of the Hunt, with a chariot pulled by 2 slaves.
Tuesday - Ares/Mars - God of War, with a chariot pulled by 2 stallions.
Wednesday - Hermes/Mercury - God of Commerce and Trade, Messenger for the Gods, with a chariot pulled by a cockerel.
Thursday - Zeus/Jupiter - King and Father of Gods, with a chariot pulled by 2 eagles.
Friday - Aphrodite/Venus - Goddess of Beauty and Love, with a chariot pulled by 4 doves.
Saturday - Cronus/Saturn - Eldest of the Gods, God of Agriculture, with a chariot pulled by 2 winged serpents.
Sunday - Apollo - God of Sun, Art, Music and Medicine, with a chariot pulled by 4 horses.
The bracelet is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The cameos are securely mounted within their bezels and the clasp and foldover safety are fully functional. As a vintage item the silver shows signs of age consisting of tarnish which is mentioned for accuracy. As seen in photo 5 the clasp is stamped 800 designating the level of silver purity. The bracelet weighs approximately 20g and measures 7.5" in length when the clasp is engaged.
This eye-catching Days of the Week mother of pearl cameo link bracelet displays beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to a vintage jewelry collection. An elegant find!
Vintage Italian Days of the Week Hand Carved Brown and White Mother of Pearl Cameo Continental Silver Link Bracelet