Embellished with natural turquoise and lustrous pearls, this Victorian padlock bracelet is stunning!
The terrific piece features long open, oval-shaped 14K yellow gold links, each one set with a tiny centre turquoise. A lovely 9K heart-shaped working padlock hangs at the bottom. Padlock jewelry was all the rage in the 1800's, and were a must for any Victorian woman who could afford them. They were often given as a token of one's love. As the eighteenth century gave way to the nineteenth, the growing Romantic movement solidified the padlock’s status as a symbol of love and commitment. Padlocks were worn on bracelets, necklaces and pins, sometimes accompanied by tiny keys. The padlock remained a fashionable motif in jewelry right through the Regency period, and went on to inspire many modern jewelry companies such as Tiffany & Co.
The lovely bluish-green turquoise (colour varies from stone to stone) are approx. 3- mm each and bezel-set in gold. Lovely white lustrous round pearls bridge the links, adding a very pretty look. There are a total of four 4-mm pearls, and each gold link measures approx. 7/8" long. Length of the bracelet is a bit difficult to measure due to the safety chain, but I think it is about 7." Width is about 1/4".
The bracelet fastens with a very nice 9K gold heart padlock that measures 1" tall by 5/8" across.
Weight: 13.1 grams.
The bracelet itself is stamped "14K" on one link and it has other hallmarks as well but they are too worn to make out. The padlock is stamped with a maker's mark, also difficult to make out. Condition is very good. No damage, no missing stones. The heart had a ring fixed to the top at some point, likely to add a thin chain for extra security. If it were still there it would prove difficult to remove the padlock and take the bracelet off, so I'm guessing it was purposely removed.
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