Dating to c.1910 for the 9k gold heart-padlock charm bracelet and c.1800-1830 for the five fob seals, I am thrilled to present this custom-made bracelet for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 7 1/4" wearable length, this sturdy charm bracelet is wrought from 9k rose gold (full hallmarks for Birmingham, England, 9k gold, and letter year for 1910 as well as maker's mark WJD), and retains both it's original heart-shaped padlock and safety chain! Over the past year, I have been collecting Georgian fob seals to make this into a one-of-a-kind fob charm bracelet, and I am very pleased with the result!
The bracelet is has been fitted with five fob seals dating from 1800 to 1830. The largest is the rose-gold fob with the shell motif; it dates to c.1800-1810. It is heavily-clad in 9k gold, stands 1 1/4" tall, and measures 3/4" x 5/8" across the seal, which in this example is a large, smoky citrine weighing approx 15 carats, set against a gorgeous, copper-colored foil! The second-largest fob is wrought in pinchbeck, which has the heft and appearance of 20k yellow gold. It dates to c.1820, and measures 1 1/8" tall, and 5/8" x 1/2" across the seal, which in this example is a shimmering rock crystal weighing approx 9 carats, and backed with a silver foil!
The third fob seal dates to c.1830, and tests to 9k yellow gold, although it may be very heavily gold-clad. It boasts the heavy chasing and engraving which was so popular during the 1820s-1830s. It measures 1" tall, and 3/4" x 1/2" across the seal, which is a lovely peach-hued, foil-backed citrine weighing approx. 7 1/2 carats. The fourth fob seal is wrought from SOLID 15k gold, and the handhold takes the shape of an urn. It measures 1" tall, and 5/8" x 1/2" across the carnelian seal, which is engraved with an armorial griffin holding a shamrock in it's mouth! This fob seal dates to c.1810. The smallest fob seal measures just 3/4" tall and 1/2" x 3/8" across the banded agate seal, which is engraved with a tiny dove holding a letter in it's beak, with the French motto "Respondez vite" (reply quickly)! This seal also dates to c.1810-1820.
All of the fob seals are in excellent condition; I chose these very carefully for size, color and effect! I had my bench jeweler craft 10k rose gold jump rings for each fob seal, so as to perfectly match the bracelet. The result is a bracelet that is oh-so-impressive on the wrist, and yet has plenty of room left for you to add more fob seals! The bracelet opens and closes with the heart-shaped padlock, and the bracelet retains it's original safety chain. JUST SUPERB!
Weighing in at 50.15 grams, this is a statement jewel that is second -to-none, and one that can take you from the office to the theatre in high style! If you collect the ULTIMATE in fob seal jewelry, this bracelet belongs on your wrist and in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of the best in early jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this timeless, custom-made jewel; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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