925 Sterling Silver, 14k Rose Gold. Item Measurements: This bracelet has a wearable length and inner circumference of 7.85" The bracelet measures 0.40" wide and the wrist gap is 1.65 wide. Bracelet Type: Hinged Bangle Bracelet. Closure/Clasp Type: Push-in Clasp with Safety Chain and Hinge.
Link Type: Rounded and Polished Repousse Sterling Silver. Notable Features: This bracelet was handmade in the vintage Art Nouveau style.
925 sterling silver, this bracelet was made in Birmingham by Joseph Smith & Sons Ltd. The bracelet features foliate chased designs accented with applied 14k rose gold.The style of this bracelet suggests it is meant to emulate Art Nouveau era wedding bracelets. Wedding bracelets rose to popularity during the Victorian era, which saw a revival of Renaissance influences in art and jewelry, and subsequent eras continued the tradition of using these bracelets in place of engagement and wedding rings. This bracelet was created using repousse metalworking techniques to hand-hammer sterling silver into the round shape of the bangle, resulting in a thick and sturdy band.
To add detail, the outside of the band was chased by hand with a gorgeous flowing pattern of leaves. Enhancing these designs are applied rose gold floral accents, which provide a beautiful contrast with the sterling silver while highlighting the meticulous craftsmanship of the chased patterns. Completing this bracelet is a hinged push-in clasp with a safety chain for comfortable and secure wear.
A lovely homage to Art Nouveau era wedding traditions, this bracelet would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection. Don't miss your chance to become a part of this bracelet's history. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period.
This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry.Wedding bracelets have a long history stretching back centuries and were especially popular in 19th century Europe as Victorians looked back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance for influence in their art and jewelry. Historically, a groom would give his bride a beautifully engraved bracelet on their wedding day, but occasionally they would also be gifted in setsone given upon engagement, and the other on the day of the wedding. Alternately these sets would come as two different sized bracelets, a larger one for the groom and the smaller for the bride. During the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras, these bracelets were also referred to as handcuff bracelets and were a symbol of matrimonial commitment, usually used in place of an engagement or wedding ring. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface.
This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau Style Sterling Silver 14k Gold English Hinged Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, November 4, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Bracelets & Charms".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.