Victorian 9kt Carved Gutta-Percha Hinged 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 elegant gutta-percha bangle bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! This 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 is a band of rich 9kt yellow gold, which rests within carved grooves to create a ridged design. The gold banding runs the entire length of the piece creating a wonderful color contrast against the darkened surface. The bracelet is hinged and clasps at the side and a gold safety chain adds extra security. A unique and stunning 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 about 2 1/8" wide and slightly more than 1 5/8" tall, and would fit well on a small to medium sized wrist. 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.