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14K Gold Etruscan Revival Bracelet with Wirework and Granulation


In the center of this 14k gold Etruscan Revival bracelet, two symmetrical urns bisect a circular motif to create a lovely mirror effect. A granulated ball sits in the middle of the circle like a bull’s eye, and the urns feed into column like terminals that are decorated with lovely wirework and granulation. This bracelet has components of Architectural Revival—a subset of Etruscan Revival that stylistically leans towards building-like elements and geometric shapes. The gold has a warm patina and beautiful hue. 

The bracelet has a safety chain that can be unclasped to slide over the hand, and then re-hooked once on the wrist. The piece weighs 11.5 grams and is 6.5 inches, with an interior west to east measurement of 2 1/4 inches.  The bracelet is in very good condition with very minor potting near one hinge. The width of the round bracelet stock is 3.15mm. 

Etruscan Revival jewelry has a rich and interesting history. In the early 1800s there was a large excavation of Etruscan tombs outside of Rome. Within these tombs were pieces of original Etruscan jewelry. The Etruscans were master artisans, they created breathtaking pieces of jewelry through their use of gold wire and beading. The news of the excavation of these tombs, and the treasures contained inside them, spread throughout Europe. Etruscan Revival jewelry quickly rose to popularity with the people of Victorian Era. Circa 1880.

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