This bracelet features 12 mm AAA quality lapis stones with flecks of pyrite in a vintage brass setting (c. 1950). A vintage faceted glass button charm, also c. 1950, dangles from the closure.
Details and materials
Fits wrist sizes 7 - 8"
Vintage brass setting
Brass lobster clasp and jump rings
Lapis lazuli is an ancient stone that is an aggregate of several minerals, the major ones being lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. Lapis was among the first gemstones to be worn as jewelry. According to the GIA:
"Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, and Rome. They valued it for its vivid, exquisite color, and prized it as much as they prized other blue gems like sapphire and turquoise."
Originally lapis lazuli was a December birthstone, however the birthstone charts have been modified over the years. Currently, lapis is assigned as an alternative birthstone to the sapphire in the month of September. It is also the 7th and 9th anniversary stone.
This handwoven silver chainmaille bracelet holds 11 antique and vintage charms: two vintage sterling heart-shaped locks (c. 1970 and 1940), a 1936 coin from the Netherlands, a 1914 fifty cent piece coin carved in profile, a black and white carved cameo bezel set in silver, an etched sterling locket, a silver eagle charm, a four leaf clover, an antique cut steel button with crescent moon and pink paste "star," a vintage Egyptian pharaoh sarcophagus charm and a bezel-set rhinestone pendant.
This bracelet features an antique pierced and gilded brass button with cut steel embellishments [circa 1900] on handwoven brass chainmaille, and an antique gold-filled fob charm. An antique gold-filled watch fob dangles near the clasp.
Details and Materials
focal antique button is made of brass with cut steel studs and is 1 1/2" in diameter
chain is 1/2" wide
bracelet is 7 1/2" long
length can be customized to fit your wrist, so please indicate your wrist size when ordering.
brass jump rings and lobster clasp closure
Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older pieces feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.
This bracelet was created from segments of a Deco-era belt. It features pierced and enameled links in a pallet of greys and purple against a darker grey background with 1/4" bezel-set turquoise stones.
Details and Materials
Each detailed pierced and etched articulated panel is 1 1/4" high x 1" wide.