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Ruby and Diamond Thin Bangle Bracelet


This ruby and diamond hinged bangle bracelet was made at some point in the 1890s. With elegant scroll- and foliate-engraved edges, the bracelet is set with nine rubies interspersed with old mine- and rose-cut diamonds, completed by an open knife-ware bangle silhouette for ultimate lightness of construction. Glowing with its red rubies and radiant diamonds, this slim and beautifully-crafted period jewel sparkles with outsize impact on the wrist.

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Circa: 1890s
Size: 6.5” interior circumference
Materials: 8 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.35 carats); 9 Cushion-cut rubies (approximate total weight 1.05 carats); 34 Rose-cut diamonds; 14K Gold
Signed: Marked "585" for 14K gold
Literature: Similar gem-set bangles from the 1890s pictured in Understanding Jewelry, by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Woodbridge, England: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1989, p. 253

In the 1890s, the gem-set bangle was a beloved form, worn in multiples of as many as four to an arm. Knife work or knife-edge bangles minimized the jewel’s metal weight and served to magnify the color and light effects of the gems.