This stunning Victorian armlet is encrusted with 158 rose cut round and pear-shaped Bohemian garnets in a floral motif. The openwork along the front allows for more light to filter through and into the garnets, making them glow! The edges slowly taper down to two rows of round, rose cut garnets that continue along the entire length of the bracelet. The hinged bracelet easily allows you to put on and remove the piece and secures with a shovel slide clasp. Remarkable bracelet from the 1880s!
Bohemian garnets come from the hills of Bohemia in Czechoslovakia and were very popular from the 1820s to 1920s with the European upper class. Michelle Obama just recently purchased a bohemian garnet brooch during her last visit to Prague.
To learn more about Bohemian garnets, read our blog post here…
The bangle is in very good antique condition with minimal signs of wear. The surface of the gilt shows fine lines, marks, small dents on the inside, and patina on the back of the cluster. The patina and slight green hue on the metal is from copper and silver either as the base metal or mixed in the with the gold layer to make it rosy. They will clean up with a polishing cloth upon request. The wear on the metal is not apparent or noticeable while wearing the piece. The bangle is hollow, so there are a few dents in the metal on the inside. The hinge and box slide clasp are fully functional and secures well, but the clasp wiggles a tiny bit if you pull on it. The clasp does not come loose if you pull firmly on it.
There are two rings for a safety chain which has been lost over the years but could be replaced by a jeweler. There is one replaced garnet on the back side of the cuff, and it appears someone just glued in a smaller stone. You only notice it when you look for it, and again a jeweler could reset a larger garnet if it bothered you. Only one missing garnet is unusual for a piece this old. The rest of the garnets are not chipped or cracked and do not wiggle in the mountings. The highest, center garnet has a few nicks and tiny chips on the facets junctions under magnification. I tested the stones and metal.
The bangle measures 3/4″ at the widest point and 7.5″ on the inside.
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