Vintage 14K Gold & Gemstone Victorian Revival Slide Bracelet, c.1950s
An exquisite vintage Victorian Revival slide bracelet, set with a multitude of dazzling gemstones. Each of the bracelet's eight slide links is unique, featuring an individual design and gemstone setting. Motifs include snakes, flowers and gorgeous Etruscan rope and bead-work. A miniature hand-painted portrait of a woman occupies one link and a delicately carved coral cameo rests on another. The stones include cultured pearl, agate, turquoise, coral, amethyst and citrine. Originally, slides were used on lady's pocket and pendant watch chains. As these fell from fashion, jewelers began using the gorgeous pieces as links for bracelets. In the 1950s the style was revived, producing a wealth of new designs that incorporated both Victorian motifs and classic jewelry technique. This bracelet is a stunning example.