A. Brandt + Son

Victorian Silver Pietra Dura Floral Filigree Link Bracelet

SKU: 31000

Pietra Dura is an art-historical term for the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. The stonework is assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible.

This lovely Victorian bracelet (ca1880) is a wonderful representation of the Pietra Dura art form! Most likely of Italian descent, the bracelet is made of silver and has a an intricate filigree and beadwork design. Four Pietra Dura links alternate with four lacy filigree links, forming a flexible bracelet. The Pietra Dura designs are all unique, each depicting a wonderful floral design with colorful flowers and leaves against a matte black background. The inlaid stones include shades of red, green gold, blue, and white, and the design is so fine and precisely configured that it almost appears to be a painting. Surrounding each link is a swirled filigree border. The piece fastens together at a push clasp disguised within one of the links, which is stamped "800" on the tongue of the clasp. A simply exquisite piece of art, this magnificent Pietra Dura bracelet would make a special addition to any Victorian collection!

Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/4" long and would fit nicely on an average sized wrist. Each Pietra Dura link measures 1 1/1" tall and 1" wide.

Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or inlaid stones that form the Pietra Dura design. The push clasp is secure and in good working condition.
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