An exceptional late 18th century bracelet with strands of seed pearls threaded to a beautiful and curious clasp. The oblong gold clasp features opaline glass with a gold and enamel decoration inscribed "Fait le Prix". Fait le prix translates from French as "made the price" but this makes no sense on a gold and pearl bracelet from the 18th century. Or does it? What inside joke, line of poetry, or riddle could inspire this? There's a Jean de la Fontaine quote that goes “La rareté du fait donne du prix à la chose.” It means something like “the rarity dictates the price of the thing” which is probably the inspiration for this clever bracelet. "Fait le prix" is a playful clue or prompt whose answer is "rareté" or "rarity".
14k gold (tests), opaline glass, enamel, seed pearls
Very good - pearls have probably been restrung
7 1/4" length, 1 1/4" x 1/2" clasp
1714 — 1837
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.
Supernaturally powerful orbs.