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Sardinian Coral and Gold Carved Link Bracelet from Italy, circa 1970s

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Fifty-three hand-carved rectangular bars of rich, Sardinian or "oxblood" red natural, undyed Meditterean coral arranged in five rows in a "running bond" pattern like bricks. 18K yellow gold needles pierce through each end of each coral cabochon to create a flexible, sturdy and absolutely gorgeous cuff bracelet. Each of the rectangular carved coral segments measures approximately 13 mm long by 5 mm wide. The gold clasp features an 8 mm x 6 mm coral cabochon centerpiece. There is hand-texturing on the gold clasp North and South of the cabochon. Victorian in style, this impeccable bracelet was hand-fabricated in Italy in the 1970s. The bracelet closes with two safety catches. The clasp is marked 750 within a diamond for metal fineness and the faint remnants of a maker's mark remains though is entirely illegible. The bracelet has a wearable length of 7 ¼ inches so it should fit many but the largest wrists. On the interior is a small deformation of one link which at first looks like a crack but is not. I believe a sliver of coral broke away during fabrication and the area was polished. It in no way compromises the integrity of the link and has clearly been part of the bracelet since it was created. I have seen Victorian examples of this bracelet and have wanted to purchase one but in every instance, at least one piece of coral had been damaged and repaired with glue. This bracelet has no such damage and the construction is just as superlative as it would be were the bracelet from the 19th century. It's a work of both artistry and craftsmanship. The rich, red coral has a high polish and with care, this bracelet will be an heirloom to be passed from one generation to the next. A spectacularly rare and high-quality jewel from the sea.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    D 7.25 in.D 184.15 mm
  • Length
    7.25 in. (184.15 mm)
  • Weight
    23.63 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918714562
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Located in Southbury, CT
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