Here we have a heavy and gorgeous old Catholic bracelet in the style of those heavy ID bracelets worn in the 1950s. A long section, in this case adorned with a cross set on moonstone and flanked by a small blue and red rhinestone then two ruby paste hearts, connects to two rows of heavy chain. The closure is a "sister clasp," the kind patented by Monet and popular in the 50s and 60s. What I love most about this piece is the combination of Old World--think France--with modern (as in 20th Century) styling. The back is stamped "German Silver," which is a nickel alloy. While this is not fine jewelry--the bracelet may have been made in Europe for export to the American Catholic market--it is an absolutely fine example of a type of jewelry that was incredibly popular, and represented a time, when Catholicism was a part of one's cultural identity.
The bracelet is not only heavy; it is also made for a larger wrist, possibly a men's wrist. It measures 8-1/2" in total length--so best for a wrist that is about 8" to 8-1/4"around--wide by 1" wide at the thickest point. Beautiful patina and great sparkle from the carving in the surface. Some verdigris around the hearts, but otherwise in good vintage condition.
Beautiful treasure from the past.
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Jul 12, 2017
So gorgeous, thank you very much!