Victorian Black Enamel 14k Mourning Bracelet
This solid gold bracelet dates to the turn of the last century, circa 1900, when wearing black jewelry was a way in which to mourn or honor a loved one. There were many different materials used for mourning jewelry at that time such as Whitby Jet, bog oak and Vulcanite to name just a few. This piece is a very fine example of the use of black enamel. To deepen the meaning, the bracelet prominently features a sprig of Lily of the Valley which, in the Victorian era, represented a variety of sentiments. In addition, the natural pearls that form the blossoms were known to represent tears. These beautiful, symbolic elements combined with the sheer beauty and surprisingly modern chic-ness of the design make this bracelet kind of perfect! The enamel itself is in immaculate condition with a few very faint scuffs but no chips or loss whatsoever. The exposed gold edges are incredibly detailed with a delicate hand chased geometric border and the the overall quality and construction is like nothing you could find in a piece of contemporary jewelry. The push button closure is very secure and snaps tightly with ease leaving an almost invisible seam. There is also a safety chain in place for added security. The width measures 3/4” while the inner dimensions are 2-3/16” from hinge to clasp and 1-13/16” from top to bottom. The weight is a substantial 32.3g. This bracelet is a truly classic piece of fine jewelry from an era that took much pride in excellent craftsmanship. It’s a beautiful, wearable, timeless investment!