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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds set in gold

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.108-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 22, shelf D, box 12

By the 1850s bracelets had become an indispensable accessory. The French connoisseur Edmond Joly de Bammeville declared that the ‘daytime’ bracelet was the ‘main feature of national dress’ in England. Up to seven or eight of differing design might be worn between the wrist and elbow on both arms. Alternatively, they could be worn in pairs and even over gloves.

Distinctions of rank, age, occasion and dress determined what jewellery could be worn and when. One etiquette manual stated that diamonds, pearls and emeralds were for full evening wear only. In the daytime, women were expected to wear less elaborate jewellery.

Physical description

Bracelet of pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds set in gold.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds set in gold

Marks and inscriptions

'A&G'
Maker's mark unidentified.

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm, Width: 6.8 cm, Depth: 5.7 cm

Descriptive line

Bracelet of pearls and diamonds, England ca.1880, mark of A&G

Materials

Pearl; Diamond; Gold

Techniques

Faceted

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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