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Turquoise and Diamond Convertible Gold Link Bracelet


This remarkable convertible jewel is a flexible gold link bracelet, centering on a detachable turquoise and diamond pendant. The oval pendant is composed of a single central turquoise cabochon, framed by old mine-cut diamonds and turquoise, flanked by conforming dart motifs, and completed by a tapering bracelet of cylindrical links. Wear this beautiful jewel on the wrist for its modern appeal and burst of sky blue sparkle, or detach the pendant to wear on a chain or velvet ribbon.

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Item #: BA-18521
Circa: 1860-1870
Size: 7” length, 1.25” width (bracelet); 1" width, 1.25" length (detachable brooch)
Materials: 24 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.50 carats); 50 Rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.70 carat); 15 Turquoise oval cabochons; 18K Gold
Literature: Bracelet pictured in Understanding Jewellery, by David Bennett & Daniela Mascetti, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1989, p. 185, Plate 247

Bracelets such as these, with so-called “goffered” or “ruched” links, were considered reminiscent of exquisite period silks, which had distinctive patterning produced by stamping tools.