Victorian 18kt Pave Turquoise Diamond Dragon Bracelet
An absolutely exquisite pave set turquoise bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The fantastic piece resembles what appears to me to be a dragon or possibly a snake and is simply marvelous. Made of 18kt gold, the beautiful bangle has a smooth gold body that coils around your wrist. The ornate head and tail have a beautiful design of pave set turquoise stones and Rose Cut diamonds, which are set within the animals' sterling topped mouth and brows. Two bezel set rubies represent its eyes and the snakes' mouth rests open, showing off its spiked teeth and slithering tongue. The cabochon turquoise pieces vary slightly in size and color and come together, forming a pave (French for pavement) set surface on the face and tail. A popular style in the nineteenth century, each turquoise stone is hand and bead set. The bracelet is hinged and opens on the side and has a safety clasp for added security. An unusual piece, the bracelet looks stunning on. It would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The opening, where a wrist would rest, measures approximately 2 5/8" wide and 1 7/8" tall. The width of the bracelet ranges from 1/4" on the underside to 3/4" where the head is.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold and all of the diamonds, turquoise and rubies are intact. The hinge moves easily and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.