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Victorian 15K Gold Etruscan Revival Cannetille Bracelet


This is a stunning Etruscan Revival bracelet with finely detailed cannetille wire work. The curved or swooping design of the bracelet sets it apart from traditional designs. A flowing sweep of twisted wires and tiny circles, with three squares that proceed along a line of granulated gold dots are among its exquisite details. It resembles French embroidery, which is where cannetille gets its name.

The Bracelet is 15K gold and measures 6 3/4" in circumference. It weighs 18 grams and is a thick hollow handmade construction with a hinged clasp and safety chain. The interior of the bracelet is engraved with "A. Hermione Griswold" for Alice Hermione Camp Griswold (1851–1939) from New York. This bracelet dates to the 1870's and is in amazing condition for its age. The detail and filigree gold work is of the highest quality.

Etruscan Revival jewelry has a rich 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 as 19th Century jewelers created their own versions of these ancient pieces.

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