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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Bracelet

ca. 1825-30 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, chrysoprases, diamonds and rubies
Brief Description
Bracelet, gold with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with chrysoprases, diamonds and rubies, France, about 1825-30
Physical Description
Bracelet, gold mesh and filigree with cannetille and grainti decoration, set with chrysoprases, brilliant-cut diamonds and rubies.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.1cm
  • Unclasped length: 19.6cm
  • Depth: 1.2cm
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Summary
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
Bibliographic Reference
Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910, The International Era, Vol. 1. p268, colour plate 64
Collection
Accession Number
M.31A-1962

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record createdAugust 11, 2005
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