This Eastern Star bracelet is in outstanding condition with lovely even shine to it's high polished surface. The front half contains 5 prong mounted gemstones representing the five flower symbols. The following is information from an Eastern Star website.
"The Signet of our Order is to remind you of your obligation. The five points of the Star, representing the five degrees of the Order. In the different points of the Star are the symbols of the five characters: Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha and Electa, whose histories make up the degrees. Each point has its own color and flowers, as follows:
Jephthah’s Daughter: Blue, for fidelity and faithfulness; represented by the violet.
Ruth: Yellow, for obedience and steadfastness; represented by the jasmine.
Esther: White, for loyalty and pure happiness; represented by the lily.
Martha: Green, for truth and hope in eternal life; represented by the fern.
Electa: Red, for heroism and zeal; represented by the red roses."
The five gemstones in the bracelet are citrine for jasmine / amethyst for violet / possible emerald or green garnet for the fern / diamond for lily and garnet for the roses. All of the stones appear to be the originals with the exception of the diamond. It is a modern brilliant cut our jeweler put in as the stone for white was missing. We do believe the amethyst is the original despite the color representing the violet being blue. The stones are approx. 3mm. in size and in overall excellent condition. The green stone has some flea bites located at the table area as well as a beef up prong tip. The gold is in excellent condition with no rips, holes, cracks, dents, nasty scratches, abrasions or repairs found. Again it has a lovely even polished shine and just a few spots of very very faint uneven surface as is common on antique bracelets. The hinge is original and the bracelet closes with a good click and stays firmly closed.
The tongue of the closure contains the marks as seen in the last photo. The top mark is a circle with the Eastern Star symbol in it's interior. On the right exterior side of the star between the two points is what appears to be a 22 or 28. The bottom mark contains the maker-G&L, a date-1912 and the purity-14kt. We are guessing the 22/28 is the chapter number and the 1912 is it's date of origin. If an Eastern Star member can help me with this I would appreciate the share of knowledge. The interior of the bracelet measures 7 1/4", the bracelet is 3/8" wide and it weighs a total of 16.6 grams.
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