RIKER Art Nouveau 14kt Lily Pad & Flower Bangle Bracelet
Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800s until the 1950s. One of the leading companies, the Riker Brothers, has an early history that dates back to 1846. Their beautiful pieces are quite sought after and still remain highly collectible today.
This stunning bangle bracelet from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era is a wonderful example of the Riker Brothers' talent! Made of vibrant 14kt yellow and rose gold, the bracelet is a slip-on style bangle, which has a detailed repousse design on the surface that exemplifies the signature Riker style. A pattern of delicate lily pads and flowers carries around the outside of the bangle, alternating with flowing spacers in between. The beautiful design has applied rose gold accents that add a lovely and subtle mixed metals appearance to the design. The interior of the bangle is stamped "14K" along with the Riker Brothers sword hallmark. The design is very versatile, and would look wonderful worn alone or stacked with other complimentary bracelets. A wonderful Art Nouveau piece by a legendary jewelry maker, it would compliment any collection!
Measurements: The inside opening of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures 2 5/8" wide and 2 1/4" tall and would fit nicely on an average sized wrist. The surface measures approximately 3/8" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the mixed metals gold setting or repousse design, and the hallmarks are intact.