Pinchbeck is an early form of brass named for its inventor, Christopher Pinchbeck, an 18th century London-based watchmaker. This c. 1820 bracelet is crafted in the so-named metal which was developed in the 1700s as an affordable alternative to gold. The head of the bracelet is set with three wine-hued garnets and the ornate chain functions much like a belt which gives it an adjustable fit.
pinchbeck, 3 6.3mm x 4.7mm garnet cabochons
flexible fit, 8" maximum inner circumference, 4" minimum inner circumference, 5/8" shank
1714 — 1837
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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.
The best “costume jewelry” during the Georgian era was pinchbeck, a top-secret formula that looked — and wore — just like gold.