The Treasures of India

Victorian Bangle With Indian Garnet & Chrysoberyl in Gold, Around 1880

From the 1880s to the beginning of the 20th century, bangles consisting of a three-part band with a striking central section were popular, especially in England. The present bracelet is a particularly fine example of this type and features an elongated floral motif of colourful gemstones as a showpiece. Five garnets and four small chrysoberyls are accompanied by small gold beads. The garnets show a wonderful red colour with a slight blue tinge, which distinguishes them as representatives of the garnet variety almandine. Like other coloured stones, almandines were imported into Victorian England from the ancient mines of India. In contrast to the Bohemian pyrope garnets, from which the German jewellery of the Gründerzeit was made, almandine garnets also occur as larger stones in wonderful qualities. They were often cut into cabochons, then they were called "Carbuncle". The present stones, however, are faceted, which sets off their fiery colour to great effect. The Empire also had significant deposits of chrysoberyls on the island of Ceylon (today's Sri Lanka), and so the composition of the gemstones is typically British. The bangle of gold has survived with its original additional fine gold plating. This was a common process of the time to create a particularly warm, soft and velvety shimmering surface. The noble bangle, which came to us from a private collection in London, fits comfortably around the wrist and enchants at first sight with its beautiful trimming.

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