An amazing, one-off piece of hand-crafted antique Arts and Crafts work that is a joy of a thing! Difficult to know where to start in describing her-she is a naturalistic goddess of a piece, adorned with flowers of various types, leaves and studded with wonderfully lively opal doublets in between the flowers’ panels. Created in c1900 and it has (for me!) a feel of a Birmingham School piece. She is unique and when you study the reverse….wow! Look at the intricate work of this designer/ craftsperson. A fabulous piece of jewellery history.
There are seven silver openwork panels of the most beautiful hand wrought work-each is different to the next and each features an individual arrangement of flowers, leaves and sometimes, clusters of berries. I spotted irises, lilies, nasturtium and forget-me-nots. As we know, at the turn of that century (in Victorian times) flowers were used to express feelings or to convey messages, so the messages in this piece are full of emotions. A large-scale ropework twist silver wire surrounds frames each panel. In between the seven panels are 6 smaller link panels, each accommodating a small and very colourful Boulder opal, with green and blue flashes (one even has pinky colours and another red spots). They elevate this beautiful bracelet even further!
The bracelet has a simple catch and an original safety chain. She retains some patina, as I did not wish to polish away all of the character and the history. I shall send in a gift box to keep her safe during transit (box in images not included) and send by complimentary Tracked and Signed post. Thank you.