Dating and inscribed to 1844, this is one of the most beautiful and romantic early Victorian bracelets that I have had the pleasure to offer on Ruby Lane!
This is more than a high-quality bracelet, it is a love token, and is one-of-a-kind! The center of this jewel was converted from a sizable brooch crafted from 14k gold and set with a huge cherry red ruby paste measuring 7/8" x 5/8" on its own (all gold unmarked but tested)! The paste weighs approx. 30 "carats," and is beautifully faceted. This paste is set in a deeply engraved collet, and is framed with delightful hand-engraving in a floral motif mounting. The mounting measures 1 1/2" long x 1 1/4" wide.
A very skillful lapidary converted this brooch into the bracelet you see here by adding hinges and a body of hefty 14k sheet gold. This bracelet is adjustable, and will fit a lady's wrist up to 6 3/4". The bracelet also has a protective slide and its original safety chain - all parts are original, and the result is a stunning treat for the arm!
Inside the cuff of the bracelet is inscribed with the name "Harry" and the date "1844" in elegant script. This jewel was clearly intended as a love token to a lady from a gentleman who might have been her husband, brother, or sweetheart. It is certainly a gorgeous jewel and was obviously treated with loving care over the past 168 years!
This jewel weighs a generous 25.5 grams, and most of that is the high-karat gold mounting! It is absolutely regal on the wrist, and is suitable for day or evening wear. It is in near-pristine condition; the only signs of its great age is some smoothing to the top table of the paste. This is not noticeable even when worn, and does not detract from the value of this cunning jewel.
If you love the BEST in early sentimental jewelry, this high-karat beauty belongs on your arm and in your collection! This is one jewel that I would sorely love to keep for my own collection, but one cannot keep it all! Do not miss this romantic and stunning bracelet - it is one-of-a-kind!
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