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Victorian bracelet with turquoises in gold, around 1900

In earlier times, pieces of jewellery often carried a message. Persian turquoise, for example, was not only loved for its strong color. Rather, in the 19th century, people recognized the petals of the forget-me-not in the small, usually round-cut gemstones and therefore used the stone in this eloquent meaning. This is how wonderful love gifts were created, which were supposed to convey romantic messages with the help of the gemstones. This bracelet is no exception. It presents ten turquoises in frames of reddish gold. Larger oval links each frame one of the turquoises; cross-shaped elements connect the larger links in a movable manner. The bracelet was made in Great Britain in the years around 1900. For dating, see the attached illustration from the sales catalogue of the London Goldshmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, 112 Regent Street, London, 1901, which shows very similar variations of this bracelet. More recently it has been restored in Birmingham. At that time some of the turquoise was renewed as well as the clasp being made workable again. Since then it has snapped securely back into place and the bracelet can be worn without worry. Illustration after Peter Hinks (ed.): Victorian Jewellery, Hildesheim/Zurich/New York 1996, p. 37.

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