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This triple strand red coral bracelet is quite unique as the clasp separates and converts into a double strand and separate single strand that can be worn separately. Multi-use jewelry designs have tantalized since the Georgian Period, and likely before. Convertible jewelry reached its engineering zenith during the Art Deco Period, for its fascination, and the Great Depression, for its conservation. These convertible marvels offered fun and magic.
This brilliantly red coral bracelet offers three strands of 4-4.25mm natural Sardinian red coral beads that feature a uniquely styled 14K yellow gold clasp. The beads are strung "neat", in antique style without knots. Depending on one's mood and event, the clasp can convert to a double strand and/or single strand. Wear alone or one on each wrist! We have dated this bracelet to late 1940's to early 1950's, but possibly slightly older. It is of Italian origin, crafted for export and showcases the pride of Napoli - precious quality red coral, natural of course, with a little added enchantment sure to thrill.
When this bracelet is in triple strand mode, the entire box clasp measures 18,25x13mm. Its face has a Florentine finish along with diamond cut accents for added sparkle. The back is hand pierced in a geometric pattern and hallmarked "K14". With a quick slide, the triple strand bracelet magically transforms into two separate bracelets with close to identical clasp, one with a double strand of beads, the other with a single strand of beads. The two clasps load together from different directions utilizing a bar and groove closure that is not noticeable when worn separately. Separately, each clasp measures 11.45x10.78mm and 11.45x8.95mm. As a triple, double or single strand, the bracelet measures 8.5 inches closed, much roomier than average. This length would be good for wrists over 6-1/2". We like to allow at least a inch over your wrist measurement, as freedom of movement adds to the beauty of a beaded bracelet. We are offering free custom restring to your requested length.
The bracelet weigh 18.2 grams, with the double strand alone weighing 11.6 grams and the single strand weighing 6.6 grams.
The coral is Mediterranean in origin and classified as Sardinian red. The color is natural and without dye or any treatments. The beads are full rounds with a nice glossy polish. Actual hue is deeper than a ripe tomato hue but we find this color is often what many have in mind when they think of a tomato. The photos on the wrist (6-1/2") are for size purposes only with actual hue darker than that. The coral is supple and glossy with the beads just been freshly restrung on red silk cord. The clasps were built to last and are in excellent working order.
This is a beautiful and fun piece of jewelry history that is ready to fascinate all over again. It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy coral care instructions.
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