This chunky 900 silver bracelet has eight large one-inch charms with the coats of arms of seven Colombian cities, the larger eighth charm exhibiting the coat of arms of Colombia, South America, itself. The cities include RIO NEGRO, called the "Cradle of Democracy"; CALI, known for the "Cali Fair"; BOGOTA, the capital and largest city; MEDELLEN, called "The City of Eternal Spring"; CARTAGENA, UNESCO Heritage Site; BARRANQUILLA, largest Carnival site in the world; and MANIZALES, main center for the production of Colombian coffee. The slightly larger charm with the coat of arms of COLOMBIA contains a shield with many symbols. Perched atop the shield is an Andean Condor holding an olive crown, the condor symbolizing freedom and facing front with his wings extended and looking to the right. The national motto, "Libertad y Orden" (Spanish for Liberty and Order) is on a scroll between the bird and the shield. The national flag is draped on each side of the shield, which is broken into three sections. The bottom section of ships symbolizes the two oceans that border the country - the Atlantic and Pacific; center section houses the Phrygian cap, which is a traditional symbol of liberty and freedom; and the top section contains a pomegranate flanked by two cornucopias. The heavy six ounce bracelet measures 7-1/2" long with the .900 silver mark inside the shape of a shield marked on the clasp. None of the charms are marked, but all seem to be in the same style and original to the bracelet. I have not cleaned it, leaving that up to the new owner. There appears to have been a safety chain at one time, but is no longer attached. The former owner of the bracelet must have been very proud of it, for it is as lovely as its beautiful country! Thank you for stopping by.
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