Mid-Century Opal Bracelet with 14k Gold Bamboo Motif
What a dream!! The opals in this bracelet are simply unbelievable...they are so gorgeous and other-worldly that it's hard to look away from them! The bracelet is from the mid 20th century, circa 1960, when the bamboo motif was all the rage. (Think Mrs. Robinson's jungle room!) Now the bamboo branch design has become quite classic and represents good luck or good fortune to many. Across the top of the bangle are seven fiery, oval cabochon opals. They are all prong set, open back and graduated in size with the two outermost on each side measuring approximately 4.5mm x 3mm and the center three measuring approximately 6mm x 4mm. The stones are each highlighted by a surrounding "beaded" frame within which the opal appears to float...a clever design! The bracelet consists of two parallel bamboo branches that run side by side on the bottom half and then split off to encompass the row of opals on the top half. The bracelet forms a slight oval which helps keep the opal on top where they belong. There is a simple tongue and groove clasp as well as a "figure 8" style safety latch. The clasp opens with ease and snaps closed just as it should. The interior is hallmarked 14k and the metal does test accordingly. The measurements are as follows:
Interior width from hinge to clasp: 2-1/4"
Interior height from top to base: 2"
From branch to branch across center opal: 5/8"
Width of double branch thickness on bottom half of bracelet: 1/4"
Best fit will be a wrist sized between 6" and 7". For reference in the photos, my wrist is 6".
Any questions please don't hesitate!