Victorian 18 Carat Gold Cuff Designed As A Buckle And Belt, Cushion Cut Diamonds, And Blue And White Enamel
Beautiful Victorian faceted bracelet, modelled in 18 carat gold with a central buckle motif, that is set with a total of 24 cushion cut diamonds. At a guess I would say there is at least a carat, and the diamonds are nice and white and sparkly.
The band is comprised of six panels, which have been carved and then enamelled using the champleve technique -
Champlevé is an enamelling technique in which troughs are carved or etched into the surface of the gold, and filled with vitreous enamel. The piece is then fired until the enamel fuses, and when cooled the surface of the object is polished. The uncarved portions of the original gold surface remain visible as a frame for the enamel design.
The enamel is original and in perfect condition.
The bracelet has a tongue clasp with clicks securely shut and also has a safety chain for added protection.
The symbolism of belt/buckle is much like the serpent, it represents eternity, fidelity/loyalty, strength and protection. As the symbol curves around and threads back into itself, creating an eternal loop, it threads through the buckle and tightly overlaps itself.
Weight - 22g
Circa - 1870
Buckle Of Cuff Measures - 21mm x 14.3mm
Individual panels 19.5mm each
Internal circumference - 6.5"
Width of band - 9.6mm
Condition - excellent antique condition.
Marks - Makers Mark - JL
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Victorian 18 Carat Gold Cuff Designed As A Buckle And Belt, Cushion Cut Diamonds