We have similar English and Aesthetic Movement items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Cait P. Country of Origin: United Kingdom. Gram Weight: 47.3 Grams. Wearable length and inner circumference, excluding the wrist gap: 6.6.When closed, the wrist gap measures: 2.3 across. When fully opened, the wrist gap measures an additional: 2.0 across. Bracelet Type: Hinged Bangle Bracelet. Link Type: Rounded and polished sterling silver. Handmade during the Victorian era in the United Kingdom by H Bros. The bracelet is made out of rounded and polished sterling silver adorned with designs inspired by the Rococo style, Aesthetic Movement, and Etruscan Revival movements.
The front of the band features elegantly chased designs of curling vines in the Rococo style, which sits within a geometric border that borrows design elements from the Aesthetic Movement. The front of the bangle also features granulated beads around the outside of the band, meant to evoke the style of ancient Etruscan jewelry. The back of the band is adorned with an elegantly chased inscription which reads "I A Parslow, North Throckley, 6th August 1885, " suggesting the piece may have been used as a wedding bracelet, as was popular at the time, with the date referring to the day of the marriage. The inside of the band is smooth and polished for comfortable wear.
Tarnish on the sterling silver gives this piece an antique quality which we believe is quite lovely. This listing is for the item only.
The Victorian era took place from the year 1836 to the year 1901, which was the span of Queen Victorias reign. Queen Victorias style was undoubtedly influential on the fashions of her country and ultimately led to three distinct jewelry trends emerging from the era. The first of these three styles was the Romantic period.The Romantic period was impacted by the Georgian period, which preceded it. The second period was the Grand period, which was primarily defined by mourning jewelry and the trends surrounding it. The final period was the Aesthetic period. The Aesthetic period was more lighthearted and airy than the previous periods and focused on aesthetic beauty and joy. This era features floral, natural, and feminine motifs, and utilized chased gold designs, enamel, and seed pearls. The Aesthetic period, 1885 1901, features simple jewelry designs and refined artistic taste. Jewelry designers moved to using soft curves and natural shapes and subtle coloring. This period came as a response to Victorians becoming disillusioned with previous jewelry periods that featured more elaborate designs in fashions and furnishings. Archaeological revival jewelry was inspired by the excavations and discoveries of Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, and Etruscan sites in the 18th and 19th Centuries. These archaeological digs uncovered beautiful works of decorative arts, giving jewelers a glimpse into the past for inspiration for contemporary designs. Some of the revival styles incorporate the use of filigree and granulation decorations. The revival styles emphasized the contrast between antiquity and modernity, with jewelers of the modern world borrowing motifs and techniques from the ancients, to perfect with advanced technologies and incorporate into modern designs. Etruscan Revival jewelry was first popularized during the early 1800s when an Etruscan tomb was discovered just outside of Rome. Upon its discovery, jewelers worked to imitate and understand the metalworking techniques with which the jewelry was made. Not only was Etruscan jewelry a luxurious addition to the Victorian styles of the day. But it introduced new ideas and decorations. These Etruscan tombs contained jewelry adorned with long and flowing geometric lines and motifs, mythological imagery and scenery, and celestial elements. The techniques of repoussé, filigree, and granulation are all attributed to the Etruscans. The late Baroque or Rococo period prevailed in the 18th century. The period was known for its substantial use of asymmetrical designs, curves, gold, and witty, whimsical themes. Both men and women at court wore sparkling gemstones set in gold during this period, as well as colorless glass pastes and pearls.
Colored gems were often highly foiled behind them to enhance the depth of color. Jewelry was often created with naturalistic, floral designs. Rococo jewelry also featured embossed and engraved floral and feather designs on metal.
Wedding bracelets have a long history stretching back centuries and were especially popular in 19th century Europe as Victorians looked back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance for influence in their art and jewelry. Historically, a groom would give his bride a beautifully engraved bracelet on their wedding day, but occasionally they would also be gifted in setsone given upon engagement, and the other on the day of the wedding. Alternately these sets would come as two different sized bracelets, a larger one for the groom and the smaller for the bride. During the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras, these bracelets were also referred to as handcuff bracelets and were a symbol of matrimonial commitment, usually used in place of an engagement or wedding ring.
Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today.
The item "Antique Vintage Victorian Sterling 925 Silver English Aesthetic Bangle Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, December 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Bracelets".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.