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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825-30 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, chrysoprases, diamonds and rubies

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.31A-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 16, shelf D, box 7

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, gold mesh and filigree with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with chrysoprases, brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1825-30 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, chrysoprases, diamonds and rubies

Dimensions

Height: 3.1 cm, Length: 19.6 cm unclasped, Depth: 1.2 cm

Descriptive line

Bracelet, gold with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with chrysoprases, diamonds and rubies, France, about 1825-30

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910, The International Era, Vol. 1. p268, colour plate 64

Materials

Gold; Chrysoprase; Diamond; Ruby

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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