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14K Gold & Old European Cut Diamond Bracelet

This lovely 14KT gold square panel link bracelet is from the Etruscan Revival period of Victorian England.

Etruscan Revival jewelry has a rich an 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 England.

There are 18 links that are mobile that make up the bracelet; each panel link has been cast and then enhanced with hand-chased detail work. The hinges are built into each link, and a nice final latch sits into the closing link. The very subtle design of this clasping bracelet reveals the superior craftsmanship of this piece. The clasp closes with an attached gold security chain from which two gold beads, each with superb ornament, hang elegantly. At the center of the bracelet and on three of the many panel links are three diamonds, each set into its own square. The three diamonds are approximately 5.25 mm each with a total carat weight of 1.5 carats. They are old beautiful European cut diamonds, with J-K in color and SL11 in clarity. The bracelet is not marked but tests to 14 karats of yellow gold. The bracelet weighs 12.5 grams and is made to fit well on a 7 inch wrist.

This bracelet is a wonderful addition to any antique jewelry collection!

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