English silver

Wide Victorian silver bangle, Great Britain circa 1890

England at the end of the 19th century: The Empire is at the height of its power. Queen Victoria has brought peace and economic success to her subjects. Luxury and wealth reach ever broader strata in London - so much so that tableware and jewellery made of sterling silver become widespread among the population and manifest the so legendary reputation of "English silver". In fact, the minimum fineness of English silver was always higher than that of German silver, so that it was also valued for the purity of the material. This nostalgic looking bracelet was created in this era and is also made of English silver. The approximately 3.7 cm wide piece of jewellery shows decorative appliqués on the front, which are applied to the edges and the middle of the show side, as well as fine vegetal engravings. Almost like textile lace, fine braided bands, a pearl bar and fine rods are strung together here, creating a rich interplay of light and shadow. On the reverse, delicate ivy engravings allude to the fact that ripenesses such as these were often loving gifts, the ivy being considered the plant of fidelity. Dating from the last years of the 19th century, the bangle is beautifully preserved. A fine testament to Victorian silver enthusiasm that found its way to us in London.

Sterling silver has a fineness of 925/000 and is the most widely used silver alloy today. In addition to 92.5% pure silver, sterling silver is made up of 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The name refers to the British pound sterling, sterling silver was the coinage material of early English silver pennies called "sterlings". One theory is that the name "sterling" derives from "e(a)sterling" (coming from the East) and referred to the early penny coins that were imported into England primarily by the merchants of the Hanseatic League from mainland Europe.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.