Art Deco Shakudo Sterling & Mixed Metals Multi Link Bracelet
Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate it into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.This beautiful and unusual bracelet from the Art Deco (ca1920) era is a wonderful example of the Shakudo art form! Made of sterling silver and mixed metals, this fabulous piece is comprised of 8 unique links which have a Shakudo plaque overlay. Each elongated link has its own artistic mixed metals design, including a golden monkey, a corn husk, a crustacean figure, 4 floral inspired links and a plant and bug link. The mixed hues of the various metals look wonderful against the dark matte background and bring each image to life. Each Shakudo plaque is set atop a sterling setting marked "SILVER" on the back. The 8 links are connected by silver rings and the bracelet comes together at a silver push clasp. A wonderful work of art, this gorgeous and very unusual multi-link Shakudo bracelet looks incredible when worn and would make a marvelous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7" long. The Shakudo links vary in size, with the largest measuring approximately 1 7/8" long, 5/8" wide and 1/4" thick. The smallest link measures 1 3/8" long, 1/2" 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 silver setting or to the Shakudo links, all of which are intact. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.