RIKER BROTHERS Art Nouveau 14kt Sapphire Etched Floral Bangle Bracelet 3.25ctw
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.
An absolutely magnificent Riker Brothers bracelet from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) period! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, this slip-on style bangle adorns five gorgeous sapphires across the front surface and is a wonderful example of the Riker Brothers' style. The bezel set stones weigh approximately 3.25ctw combined and exhibit an incredible rich blue hue that beautifully catches the light with every turn. A fabulous, flowing etched design decorates the entire outer surface, adding wonderful depth and texture to the feminine piece. Stamped on the inside of the bangle is a "14K" gold purity mark beside the signature Riker Brothers hallmark. The slip-on style bangle has a hollow design, making it lightweight and comfortable to wear. The bangle would fit nicely on an average sized wrist and would look fabulous worn alone or stacked with a group of other similar bracelets! An absolutely stunning piece, it would make a fabulous addition to any Riker Brothers' collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures approximately 2 1/2" wide and approximately 2 1/8" tall and would fit nicely on an average to medium size wrist. The surface is approximately 3/8" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting and all of the sapphires are intact and securely set. There is a small, slight dent to the inside of the bangle, however. given its location, it is not noticeable when worn.