1940s Forstner Calla Lily Bypass Bracelet
This 1940s bracelet was made by the Forstner company. At the time, they had already acquired recognition for the beauty and high quality of their gold filled jewelry. Perhaps because they also produced solid gold jewelry, their gold filled jewelry wears extremely well, quite easily passing as the "real thing!" In fact, to this day their gold filled pieces are still highly sought after to be worn as well as collected. Many of their designs incorporate snake chains and snake motifs, most often in bracelet form. I was excited to find this particular bracelet since it was the only flower theme I'd seen made by Forstner. The lily itself has very fine, realistic details and is nicely proportioned. The coil snake chain portion is dense yet pliable allowing you to flex it in order to slip it onto your wrist. The condition is excellent with the brightness of the gold tone remaining even and shiny throughout. There is some natural patina on the underside of the flower near the signature panel. The inner circumference measures approximately 6" yet due to the bypass configuration it will fit comfortably on a wrist that measures between 6" and 7-1/2". The lily measures 1-1/4" from base to tip and 1-1/8" at the widest point. It's really such a pretty bracelet! Lovely on its own, stylish as part of a group and elegant enough for a bride!