Webster's Dictionary defines a "masterpiece" as "a work done with extraordinary skill or artistic achievement." I have been fortunate enough lately to acquire several jewels which meet this criteria, and I am proud to present the "Masterpiece collection" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1815-1825, this museum-quality bracelet is everything that the discerning collector could dream of in a cannetille bracelet! It's magnificent construction, superb state of preservation, investment-worthiness, and supreme wearability all qualify it for Masterpiece status!
Measuring 7" wearable length x 1 1/2" x 1 1/4" for the clasp and 1" wide for the intricately-crafted body, this is easily the MOST important gold bracelet I have had the pleasure to present to my Ruby Lane clientele in several years! Likely French in origin (but possibly English), this jewel is wrought from solid 20k yellow gold (unmarked but tested). So little high-karat cannetille jewels survive, as the gold had a tendency to crush and split over the centuries. This example has beaten the odds, and made it into the 21st-century in all-original, near-pristine condition! The clasp of the bracelet is a tour de force in and of itself; it measures 1 1/2" long x 1 1/4" wide, and boasts magnificent burr work as well as spun cannetille rosettes, bead work galore, spun golden wire rays, and applied, hand-engraved flowers!
The body of the bracelet is no less impressive; the links boast saltare crosses with rosettes and flowers set in the center of each panel! All of the cannetille work on the panels are backed by a plate of solid gold; this has ensured the survival of these incredibly-crafted links! Even the tiny links between each panel is decorated with tiny leaves and flowers! This bracelet would have been crafted by a master goldsmith, and the quality is second to none! The bracelet terminates in a large, hand-cut "tongue in groove" clasp which locks invisibly into the box-like clasp.
Best of all, this bracelet is just as wearable today as when it first graced the arm of a lady of great wealth and high fashion c.1820! The ONLY sign of wear to this jewel is the loss of one of the tiny (2mm) applied gold beads to one of the cannetille rosettes at the 11:00 position on the clasp. This is considered perfectly acceptable wear for a bracelet nearing it's 200th birthday, and I mention it only for complete accuracy. Otherwise, every burr, bead and rosette is present - SIMPLY OUTSTANDING!
Weighing in at 48.53 grams, this highly important bracelet represents both an incredibly-wearable jewel as well as a great investment opportunity! It is large enough to fit a 21st-century lady's wrist, and just LOOK at that workmanship! This bracelet has not been cleaned, and the gold has built up a "bloom" that collectors dream of! Simply a one-of-a-kind triumph of early 19th-century lapidary work, this bracelet is truly museum-worthy, and that is a term which I do not throw around loosely! With proper care, it is guaranteed to increase in value over the years; finding a jewel like this is like finding a needle in a very big haystack! Best of all, it looks absolutely luscious on the arm!
If you collect the ULTIMATE in Georgian jewelry, this bracelet belongs on your arm and in your collection! It would also make a generous gift for any lady who cherishes the best in antique jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this chance to acquire the best gold bracelet that this dealer of 25+ years has come across; up to 120-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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