Antique Victorian 1880s 18K and enamel ‘Jarretière’ Buckle Bracelet

This 18K bracelet is a beautiful example of a "jarretière" or strap-style bracelet.  Jarretière bracelets first appeared in the mid-19th century and remained popular in different iterations for decades. This bangle-style example has a neatly articulated buckle motif with black enamel and hand engraved details. The exquisite engraving has finely detailed texture and incised edging as well as a charming floral pattern traveling the circumference. We spy three different Springtime blossoms and a variety of greenery! The details on the black enamel buckle sections include handsome pinstripes, stylized fleur-de-lis and quatrefoil motifs. 

Victorian jewelry in the 1860s to 1880s often took inspiration from previous design styles. Elements from Ancient Greek and Roman, Gothic and Renaissance art were revived and reinterpreted. As industrialization loomed, designers looked to the past when objects were made by hand. This bracelet may have once been part of a pair. Tab clasp with safety chain. 18K gold except the prong, which is closer to 14K. 

Measurements: 6 1/2 inches inner circumference, 5/8 inch wide, 33.2 grams
Era: 1870s-1880s
Markings: N/A, x-rayed for 18K gold
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