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Charm bracelet

Charm bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)
    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamel, hardstone, glass and photographs

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charm bracelets illustrate the importance of memories and sentiment in jewellery, each charm individually selected by the wearer and many of them personalised by the addition of photographs, initials, or locks of hair. This charm bracelets is believed to have been assembled in the late 20th century using earlier, mainly 19th century elements collected either in Europe or America.

Physical description

Bracelet of heavy gold chain hung with ten charms (heart-shaped padlock with black enamelling and glass panel on reverse; seal with carnelian intaglio; watch key; locket in the form of a bag with black enamelling, an engraved 'L', and the photograph of a man within; circular engine-turned locket; seal with white hardstone intaglio; locket with blue enamel decoration and the initial 'A'; watch key; heart-shaped padlock with hardstone front and a woman's photograph under glass on reverse; miniature basket).

Place of Origin

Europe (made)
United States (made)


1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamel, hardstone, glass and photographs

Marks and inscriptions

.625 / 15
On each link of the bracelet


Length: 188 mm, Height: 43 mm

Descriptive line

Gold chain to which are attached ten assorted charms, Europe and United States, 19th century.


Gold; Enamel; Hardstone; Glass


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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