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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured gold, diamonds and rubies

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.119-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 16, shelf D, box 5

The bracelet has been made using a very light gold mesh.
Gold, in a variety of treatments, became a dominant element in jewellery from the 1820s. It was used successfully in mesh necklaces and bracelets, gold chain and wire work, also as a foil to gemstones.

The technique of filigree with spirals and granules (cannetille and grainti) was revived in France then copied in England. Jewellers liked the economical use of gold and women appreciated the intricacy of the style.

Coloured golds were also popular. In gold alloy more copper gives a redder gold, while extra zinc or zinc and silver will result in a pale yellow gold

Physical description

Bracelet with locket clasp, two colours of gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Coloured gold, diamonds and rubies

Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm, Width: 8.1 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Bracelet with locket clasp, coloured gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies, possibly made in England, about 1820

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Ruby

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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