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Italian 18Kt. Gold and Persian Turquoise Bracelet - Circa 1960
This is such a great bracelet with amazing design on the gold. I can't decide if a link is one cast circle intertwined and joined by solder to the next or if the link is a casting of two circles solidly intertwined. Continuing a circular theme is the texture on these links. It is comprised of the illusion of a multitude of tiny connected rings running in a form of chain. What ever the way the links were made the effect of their height in their joining as well as each circle's superb texture is stunning design work. The end of each textured circle is then inserted into a small rectangular box link that holds two prong mounted Persian turquoise cabochons.
The gold is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, cracks, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs. I found one minute hole 1/32" long where the hallmarked bottom plate of the rectangle link is missing a bit of solder to it's joining at a corner (photo # 6 left insert). The ends of the intertwined circles fit loosely into their rectangular links to give the bracelet flexibility of movement and super fit around your wrist. All circles have great freedom of movement and are secure in their rectangles. Photo # 5 shows how the closure works. It's the same method as the 20's filigree straight line bracelets. You just need to lift the cabochon portion of the closure box gently as it has limited movement.
The turquoise cabochons are all intact with no cracks, surface nicks/chips, scratches or abrasions. The bottom of some of the cabochons have some irregular/rough rims, but this is seen with intense inspection with a loupe that I am reporting to be accurate. All of the cabochons appear to be original as I see no evidence of disruption to their prongs. They are all the same size, height and well matched in color.
The marks are on the backside, last rectangular link before the closure. It has a 750 (European for 18kt.), a makers hallmark and the Italian goldsmith's registration mark for 1944-1968 that reads 469 or 468 MI. The bracelet weighs 58.5 grams. The length is 6 1/2" x just a hair over 1/2" wide with the center height of the intertwined circles being 5/16" tall.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: yellow gold/turquoise, Size: 6 1/2 long
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