Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection. Gold setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, no dents, missing elements or misshapen spots. Pearls have nice sheen with little surface wear - they were added at some point and are not original.
Clasp is original and secure (with orginial safety chain). Tests for gold filled, natural pearl. Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story. Bypass construction and design elements were influenced by Etruscan jewelry designs. Ornate design with special flourishes and details make this piece stand apart from similar styles.Oval shape allows piece to wrap firmly around wrist keeping Etruscan details upright when worn. The Etruscans were an ancient civilization in Italy, and in the 19th century, archeologists discovered the remains of the city - including exotic gold. As a result, Victorian designers copied the style, and these Etruscan Revival pieces were worn by women looking for a worldly aesthetic. The style is noted for its intricate gold work that's wound across the surface of the piece. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond.
Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid._gsrx_vers_1326 GS 8.4.1 (1326). This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Bracelets & Charms". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.