Every of the seven decreasing malachite ovals of this Russian Victorian bracelet from 1830 rests in a quatrefoil setting, which emphasizes the four engraved leafs blossoming from a central seed pearl. With the engraved frills and with a gold dot in each leaf, it's clear that the closed double helix links connect fragments of pure luck materialized in green domes.
Antique jewelry object group: bracelet
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any recognizable control marks we think that the bracelet of Russian origin
Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Period: ca. 1830
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Material: 18K yellow gold
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Technique: high domed sculpturing/stone engraving
Extra information: Malachite - The stone's name derives (via Latin: "molochitis", Middle French: "melochite", and Middle English "melochites") from Greek "molochitis lithos", "mallow-green stone". The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.
Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. The pigment is moderately lightfast, very sensitive to acids and varying in color. The natural form was being replaced by its synthetic form, verditer amongst other synthetic greens. It is also used for decorative purposes, such as in the Malachite Room in the Hermitage, which features a large malachite vase. "The Tazza", one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the focal point in the center of the room of Linda Hall Library.
Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted at the site for over 3,000 years. In Israel, malachite was extensively mined at Timna valley, often called King Solomon's Mines, although research has revealed an interruption in mining activity at the site during the 10th century BC, the time of the biblical Solomon.
Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals, Russia. It is found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Zambia; Tsumeb, Namibia; Mexico; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Lyon, France; and in the Southwestern United States notably in Arizona. (from: Wikipedia)
Precious stones: Seven malachites and seven seed pearls.
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Hallmarks: The only hallmark we found is in a rectangular shape and has the letter "V" and something that resembles an "eight" (see also the picture we took)
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Condition: excellent condition
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Dimensions: length 18.00 cm (7.09 inch)
Weight: 51.40 gram (33.05 dwt)
Reference Nº: 10266-4317
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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