RIKER BROS. Art Nouveau 14kt Sapphire Floral Motif Bangle Bracelet
Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800's until the 1950's. One of the leading companies, the Riker Brothers, has an early history that dates back to 1846. Their pieces are quite sought after and still remain highly collectible today.
This gorgeous bracelet from the Art Nouveau (ca1910) era is a fantastic example of the Riker Brothers' talent! Known for their graceful designs and attention to detail, this 14kt yellow gold piece is a slip-on style bangle decorated in a lovely repousse motif. The graceful design features a pattern of beautiful flowers, flowing vines, and leaves. Alternating with the floral motif are five sapphire stones, each individually bezel set within a circular border. The sapphires have a beautiful deep blue color that stands out dramatically against the vibrant yellow gold setting. Engraved inside the bangle's interior is a set of initials that appear to read "C.B.O." A gorgeous everyday bracelet, it would look equally stunning worn by itself or grouped with other similar bracelets!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 5/8" wide and 2 1/4" tall. It would fit nicely on a medium/average to large sized wrist. The surface of the bracelet measures 1/4" wide and 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold repousse setting. All five sapphire stones are intact and secure within their settings. There is a light natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is normal for an antique piece and adds depth and beauty to the design.