An absolutely magnificent mixed metals diamond bracelet from the early Victorian (ca1840) era! This fabulous piece is crafted in 18k gold and sterling silver and adorns nearly 4 carats of sparkling old mine and rose cut diamonds. The front of the bracelet is primarily composed of darkened sterling silver and is affixed to an 18k gold hinged bangle. The sterling silver setting houses the vast collection of old cut diamonds, which we estimate to be over 4 carats with H-J color range, and SI range clarity. All of the diamonds are prong, bezel, and bead set. The bracelet is very regal in nature with ornate scrolling motifs accented with small milgrain and silver shot detail. The bangle hinges at the side and closes at a secure box clasp complete with a figure-eight safety latch for added security. The tongue of the box clasp is hallmarked with an eagle's head and another worn mark, signifying French origin circa the mid 1800s. There is also a serial number on the opposite side of the clasp. This fascinating article at one point and time was convertible to a tiara, however, the bracelet has been permanently converted to its bracelet format. A tiara piece could be refashioned by a skilled jeweler, and the bracelet could be convertible again with some work. An absolutely stunning piece of French jewelry, this antique bangle is simply incredible and perfect for a serious Victorian era collector.
Measurements: The bracelet's interior circumference measures 6 1/2". At widest, the bracelet's design measures 1".
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold and silver setting and all of the diamonds are intact. The clasp and safety catch are secure and in fine working condition.