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19th Century French Etoile de Digne Pentacrine Bracelet

$1,800

The French spa town of Digne-les-Bains rose to fame in the 19th century for its health-restoring waters as well as its pentacrine jewelry. Pentacrines - the star-shaped fossils of an extinct sea creature that looked something like a sea anemone - are unique to the area around Digne-les-Bains. In the 1850s, a jeweler named Anotine Colomb began to create silver jewelry set with pentacrines. These baubles quickly became sought after as souvenirs by tourists who visited the town. This wonderful, rare bracelet modeled in silver and set with seven pentacrines is one such souvenir. 

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  • Materials

    silver, 7 pentacrine fossils

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    8" length

Victorian

Aboutthe

VictorianEra

18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.