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Ruby and Diamond Twist Bracelet


This antique ruby and diamond “twist” bracelet, dating from the 1860s, was likely made in Victorian England. The hinged bangle, its top with a braided twist design, is highlighted by three circular-cut rubies interspersed with rose-cut diamonds. Its sleek, flowing design, accented by bright, hand-cut gems, makes it easy to pair or stack with gold and gem-set friends, both antique and modern.

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Item #: BA-20403
Country: possibly England
Circa: 1860s
Size:  6.25” inner circumference x 0,50” width
Materials: 3 round-cut rubies (approximate total weight 0.21 carat); 2 rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.14 carat); 18K gold (18.6 grams)

Narrow twist bracelets came into vogue in the 1860s, and were worn two to three on each arm. Along with revival bracelet styles, including examples with Greek, Assyrian and Egyptian motifs, both “wide or narrow” twists were popular. Periodicals such as La Mode Artistique and Queen pictured women wearing multiple bangles of varying styles and widths, both paired and sundry, sometimes stacked over tight kid gloves, or on the upper arms.