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A high quality antique French link bracelet with roses bouquets, flowers in solid 18kt yellow gold, made in France circa 1880's, superb antique condition… A touch of history.
Antique jewelry object group: bracelet
Country of origin: France
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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Style specifics: The Victorian period can roughly be divided into 3 distinct periods; the Romantic (1837 - 1860), Grand (1861 - 1885), and Late or Aesthetic Period (1880 - 1901). We consider this to be of the Late or Aesthetic Period.
The jewelry of the late Victorian period once again returned to romanticism with more delicate and whimsical motifs such as stars, crescent moons, reptiles and insects. The discovery of the diamond mines in South Africa led to the use of mine, rose and cushion cut diamond stones.
Period: ca. 1880
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Source of inspiration: Mother Nature (see also: flower symbolism)
Theme: Roses - First of all a symbol of love but there are many prophecies, legends and fairy tales made about this beautiful flower. A rose that blooms in autumn can mean a marriage. And you must remember the fairy tail of Sleeping Beauty. The bad queen pricked the beautiful, young princess with a thorn from a rose. She slept 100 years and a beautiful, young prince woke her up with a kiss. They married and they lived happily ever after. There exists a legend about how the rose got her thorns. The rose grew originally in the Garden of Eden and had no thorns. After the fall the rose got her thorns to remind people of their sin. Her beauty might been kept as memory of Paradise. In the antiquity Eros, the Greek God of Love, was represented as a fresh and rosy (color of roses), lively and cheerful boy with goldish hair (like the stamens). The arrows were like the thorns and his wings were like the petals of the rose. In beauty, shape and scent, the rose is outstanding and hence has become the most commonly used floral symbol in the West. Roses have symbolical meanings in classic and Christian art. For example Venus was associated with roses, symbolizing love and beauty, whereas Virgin Mary sometimes was called a « rose without thorns » because of her purity.
Material: 18K yellow gold
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Hallmarks: The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from about 1838.
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Condition: excellent condition
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Dimensions: width 1.40 cm (0.55 inch), length 18.40 cm (7.24 inch)
Weight: 18.40 gram (11.83 dwt)
Reference Nº: 10343-0060
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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