Gorgeous Belle Époque Garnet Bangle, Circa 1900
This garnet bracelet is absolutely breathtaking! It has a spellbinding, captivating quality which makes it hard to look away from. It was made around 1900 during the brief Belle Époque era which was a small window within the Victorian age. The metal is silver with a pale rosy gold gilding and it's set with dark red faceted garnets. The bracelet is a hinged bangle designed in a bypass style with each of the decorative ends terminating in a pointed arrow shape and clover-like finial. In my opinion, these ends are precisely what captivate you. It's the visual combination of the graceful lines and the tension created at the two points where the arrows narrow dramatically. All of the stones are in place and are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks to speak of. Near the center of the bottom half of the bangle there is one garnet with slightly different faceting which tells me it is a replacement. Although the faceting is different the color and size are not, therefore the replacement is not noticeable unless it has been pointed out. The clasp is a simple push-button tongue-and-groove mechanism and it holds very securely. As added security there is a safety chain in place. The inside width from hinge to clasp is 2-1/16" while the inside height is 2". The best fit will be on a wrist that measures between 6" and 6-3/4". If you have any concerns about fit please just let me know. I'd be happy to help you determine whether the size is right for you or not. The simple bangle portion measures 3/16" wide and the decorative portion spans a width of approximately 7/8" from the outside of one clover to the outside of the other.