Victorian 9kt Carved Gutta-Percha Bangle Bracelet
Gutta-percha is a genus of tropical trees native to the regions of Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. An inelastic natural latex material is produced from the sap of the trees which is also referred to as gutta-percha. The beneficial properties were discovered by Westerners in 1842, and the substance was initially used as an electrical insulator. A few years later gutta-percha became a popular material used to manufacture furniture and then mourning jewelry because it was easily carved and very resilient.
An unusual gutta-percha bangle bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! This unique and stylish piece is made of hand-carved gutta-percha, and has a smooth, earthy brown surface. Lining both the top and bottom of the bracelet are two bands of rich 9kt yellow gold, which rest within carved grooves to create a ridged design. The gold banding runs the entire length of the piece and set across the front are seven ornate flourishes with a soft etched surface. The bracelet is hinged and clasps at the side and a gold safety chain adds extra security. The contrast between the vibrant yellow gold accents and the dark gutta-percha creates a very striking look and the bangle looks beautiful on! A very unique piece, this bracelet would look fantastic paired with other complimentary bracelets or worn alone, and is perfect for daily wear!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where your wrist would rest) measures slightly less than 2 1/8" wide and 1 1/8" tall. The surface of the bracelet measures 1/2" wide and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gutta-percha or to the yellow gold accents. The push clasp and safety chain are both secure and in good working condition.