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

Bracelet

ca. 1880 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds set in gold
Brief Description
Bracelet of pearls and diamonds, England ca.1880, mark of A&G
Physical Description
Bracelet of pearls and brilliant-cut diamonds set in gold.
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.2cm
  • Width: 6.8cm
  • Depth: 5.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'A&G' (Maker's mark unidentified.)
Credit line
Cory Bequest
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.108-1951

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record createdFebruary 10, 2006
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