The delicate design of this stunning bypass bracelet is contributed to the Aesthetic Movement that took place in Europe in the late 1800s. The bracelet’s bypass is held together with a lyrical swath of seeded pearls. The beautiful 8k gold is hand engraved with two different patterns: the top, an intricate floral design and the bottom, a subtle cobblestone. Along the side is a thin gold wire in the form of a flower stem and leaf, topped with a clover containing a pearl and red and blue paste stones.
On the interior of the bracelet, there is the German hallmark “333” for 8k gold, as well as a lion emblem and a six-pointed star with a “Z” in its center.
The Aesthetic Movement was a shift in art, literature, and decor that took place at the end of the 19th century. The slogan of the movement was “art for art’s sake,” valuing beauty over function and elegance over “crass materialism.” Many of the designs of this period were inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and incorporated flora and fauna, as well as detailed nature motifs.
There are ten seed pearls in the center of the bracelet that range from 1mm to 2mm in size. The pearl and pastes in the clover are each 2.5mm. The bracelet weighs 7.2 grams and the interior measures at 6.5 inches. There is a safety chain on the clasp for added security.
Circa 1880, this delicate piece is in excellent condition.