Piqué was a decorative style popular in the 18th and 19th century and entailed inlaying a fine pattern of gold or silver into tortoise shell. The metal would be heated to a very high temperature and then pressed directly into the surface of the tortoise shell. Once cool, the tortoise secures around the metal. Now a banned material, Antique tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectible.
A fantastic pair of Piqué carved tortoise shell bangle bracelets from the Victorian (ca1870) era! With a very unusual design, this fashionable bracelet set is particularly attractive. Each bracelet is made of hand carved tortoise shell and carries a charming gold piqué design on the outside surface of the piece. One of the bracelets is decorated with small yellow gold hearts, while the other is accented with yellow gold stars. The tortoise shell displays a rich, deep brown color and has subtle caramel and amber hues that can be seen when held up to the light. Both bangles are round with a smoothly polished finish and slip easily on and off. A simply fabulous set, these bold bracelets would look great stacked with other bangles or worn together and are perfect for everyday wear. Both versatile and fashionable, they are a must for the modern day woman's jewelry collection!
Measurements: The heart bracelet is slightly smaller than the star bracelet. The inside of the smaller heart bracelet (where your wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/2" across. The inside of the star bracelet measures approximately 2 3/4" across. Both bracelets have the same surface measurement of 3/8" wide and thick.
Condition: The overall condition of both bracelets is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved tortoise shell or piqué accents.