This stunning c. 1880 bracelet was designed to be worn as a part of a woman's late-stage mourning ensemble. In the earliest stages of mourning, the bereaved were allowed to wear nothing but black, and this rule extended to a person's jewelry. Wearing anything that sparkled or shone was a BIG no-no. Toward the end of the period of mourning, however, lighter colors, more extensive use of gold, and some (but not all) gems were considered acceptable.
This chic and modern-seeming bracelet is crafted in warm 15k rose gold, its circumference is set with immaculate table cut onyx. The original safety chain was missing from the bracelet, owing to its somewhat small 6" inner circumference, we have replaced it with a semi-detachable rose gold chain catch for ease of use.