Jewel Encrusted Hinged Bangle, Circa 1960
This 1960s bracelet is utterly encrusted with jewels! The open-back magenta colored glass stones are set inverted, with their points facing upward while the sparkling rhinestones are set in the traditional manner with their points hidden. All of the stones are held securely with the most wonderful, decorative prongs that provide a fantastic texture to the whole piece. The inverted pink stones add even more depth and interest. And because all their facets are on the top, the light glints off of them constantly and from every direction! The jewels go all the way to the back of the bracelet where they stop to accommodate a discreet hinge mechanism. The hinge has a hidden spring which keeps the bracelet tightly closed until you gently pry it open. There is no maker's mark present but the quality and construction is so fine that I imagine it was manufactured by one of the better costume jewelry companies of the day. The bracelet is an oval shape with inner measurements of 2-1/4" by 2". The uppermost flared ends measure approximately 1" at the widest point while the balance of the bracelet measures about 3/8" wide. The condition is excellent with all prongs present and no missing stones. This is a totally gorgeous example of vintage costume jewelry that will likely become your go-to piece for dressing up or special occasions. And just in time for holiday parties!