A very rare surviving pair of late Georgian era antique gold and coral bracelets from France, circa the 1820s to the 1830s. The eighteen karat gold clasps are formed in the gothic taste and decorated with applied cannetille work that is emblematic of the French Restoration period of the 1820s, just as gothic revival was coming back into vogue. Four strands of large, polished facetted natural Mediterranean coral beads of the same period complement each of the clasps. Coral was brought back into fashion by the Duchess of Angouleme, daughter of Louis XVI, who favored coral jewelry, and French women followed suit. Women were instructed to match their hair ornaments to their jewelry, thus instead of wearing white or blue flowers should instead wear poppies and pomegranates in their hair. What an impressive display that must have made!
Both bracelets are in very good condition, noting a small loss to the cannetille on the centerpiece of one of the clasps. Both have recently been restrung, and can be worn very comfortably either with one on each wrist, or both on one wrist. Those with fine necks can clasp the two together and wear them as a choker.
Marks: both a ram’s head for 1819 – 1838, and an eagle’s head mark for 18k gold items made in France. No maker’s mark is apparent.
Dimensions: 7” circumference closed, and can be lengthened if necessary. The clasps measure 1 ½ ” x 1 9/16”
Total gross weight of both is 89.2 grams