Victorian 18kt Etruscan Wirework & Carnelian Bracelet
An absolutely exquisite Etruscan wirework and carnelian bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This gorgeous piece is fairly large in size and made with 18kt yellow gold. It has a very royal appearance and adorns a single cabochon carnelian stone set within a fantastically ornate setting. The carnelian stone has a double frame border with twisted rope wirework and an open channel surrounding it. It sets atop a round pedestal shaped center that is wonderfully decorated with very fine Etruscan wirework throughout and rests high above your wrist. The band of the bracelet also carries the Etruscan wirework design, covering the entire surface of the piece. The bracelet is hinged on both sides and the clasp is hidden within the band. A very unusual and fantastic piece, this bracelet would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet, where your wrist would rest, measures 2 1/4" wide and 1 3/4" tall. The center carnelian, including the gold Etruscan pedestal frame, measures approximately 1 3/8" tall and wide and has a depth of 1/2" and the band measures 5/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting or to the carnelian stone. There is normal surface wear to the fine Etruscan wirework which is unnoticeable when the bracelet is worn and not unusual for a piece of this age. The clasp and hinges are secure and in good working condition. The surface of the gold has some natural patina which adds to the richness of the bracelet.