A striking agate bracelet from the Victorian era, c1880! This impressive piece is crafted in gilt metal and comprised of six agate links that form a magnificent statement bracelet. Each oval shaped link displays a different natural agate stone - each with their own personality! Starting from the top is one dark reddish brown agate; one caramel brown with milky white banding; one milky white with strong burnt orange banding; one clear with wonderful green inclusions (aka moss agate!); one burnt orange 'landscape' with druzy to one side, and lastly a banded dark brown almost black agate stone. The wonderful agate variations all come together in a dramatic arty appearance. Each stone is polished with a subtle bevel edge and carries a lovely transparency - especially in daylight when the light passes through!
The agate stones rest in individual low open collet settings with six split claws holding each one in place, links are hinged allowing for flexibility. The gilt metal is a subtle 'mellow' yellow hue and would complement other silver or gold jewellery. A large sturdy tongue catch secures the bracelet together, it is integrated into the end link for a seamless look. The average width of the bracelet measures 3.50cm (1 3/4" inches) and total length measures 16.50cm (6 1/2 inches) length.
The piece likely originates from Scotland. This type of jewellery (aka agate pebble jewellery) exhibits a colorful and exuberant display of traditional highland themes and signature. During the Victorian era, incredibly beautiful Scottish jewellery made the rounds and a vast majority of the stones were mined in Scotland's hills. For more information on Antique Scottish Jewellery see the Blog - Antique Scottish Jewellery
A bold piece of art, this impressive bracelet is best worn alone. Something special for the lady with distinct taste!