Estate 14kt Glass Tassie Link Bracelet
A Tassie is a paste or glass copy of a cameo or intaglio. Scottish gem engraver James Tassie created replicas of ancient agates and gemstones and together with Dr. Henry Quin of Dublin, they came up with an opaque glass that could replicate various colors and patterns. Tassies were created using a molding process rather than carving. The opposite of a cameo, an intaglio is created by carving below the surface to produce an image in relief with the purpose of pressing into sealing wax, often used in signet rings.
A fabulous, multicolored Estate Tassie bracelet! This wonderful piece is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and comprised of 7 colorful links that come together to form a fabulous Victorian style bracelet. The Tassie links depict varying images including Cupid pulling his arrow against a bow (periwinkle), Poseidon (orange, dark blue, and green), gladiators (light green and purple), and two figures (light orange) carved into the center. The rectangular-shaped glass plaques have rounded corners and are set within open-backed gold bezels which are surrounded by a twisted wire border. Six gold flower links connect the Tassie links, adding a soft, feminine detail, and the bracelet fastens at a gold lobster clasp. Stamped on the ring to which the clasp attaches is a small hallmark reading "14KT ITALY" and a "B" surrounded by two concentric circles. A fantastic piece of art, this lovely bracelet looks spectacular when worn and would make a very special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/2" long and 1/8" thick. The links vary slightly in size and shape, measuring approximately 11/16" long and 5/8" wide each. The flowers are approximately 3/16" in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting, the flower links, or the glass Tassie links, all of which are intact. The lobster clasp is secure and in good working condition.