This outstanding and very rare Georgian bracelet is crafted in rich 22k gold. The bracelet is composed of a stunning length of handwrought chain - each link detailed with a pattern of stars over a textured ground - and fastens with an exquisite dolphin head clasp. Dolphin-themed jewelry is exceedingly uncommon. The highly stylized rendering of this clever animal includes exaggerated gills, crosshatched patterning, and bold buggy eyes. The borderline abstraction of animals in jewelry is not unusual in pieces from this period. It can be credited to one (or all) of the following factors: a stylistic choice of the artist, the aesthetics of the era, and/or the fact that many of the people responsible for making the sensational zoological jewelry of the Georgian period had never actually seen the creatures they were charged with rendering in gold.
22k gold (tests)
7.75" length, head measures 7/8 x 1/2", 1/4" width