Gothic-Style Bracelet

Gothic-Style Bracelet. c. 1870. Austrian. Gold, carnerlian, malachite, moss agate, amethysts, aquamarines, rubies. 2 3/4 in. (6.99 cm). The country of origin may be either England or Italy. Collection: the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland (no. 57.1999). Reproduced courtesy of the Walters Art Museum. Click on image to enlarge it.

“This extravagant bracelet consists of five arched segments and three foliate segments. Judging from indentiations in the original leather case, this piece was originally a diadem with two additional foliate elements rather than a bracelet. All the pieces are hinged together and carried out in elaborate openwork decorated with precious stones and scrollwork. The five large segments imitate Gothic architecture with ogive arches and columns.” (Walters Art Useum site)

Created 27 February 2015