Turquoise is one of the most ancient gemstones, prized by the Aztecs, Ancient Egyptians, Native Americans for its perceived talismanic properties as well as its vibrant blue color. Queen Victoria was a lover of the gemstone and it is said that she gave a portrait ring encircled by turquoise cabochons to each of her ladies in waiting upon her marriage to Prince Albert. Royalty in general (and the Queen in particular) set the trends in the 19th century, so if Victoria was seen to be wearing and gifting jewelry featuring turquoise, those in society who could afford to emulate her tastes did so. Pavé turquoise was especially popular in the mid to late Victorian period and can be seen adorning every kind of jewelry from stick pins to elaborate snake necklaces. This c. 1870 bangle is fashioned in heavily gilt metal with a bombé face face studded in turquoise and a single rose cut diamond.
14k gilt base metal, turquoise cabochons, 3.5mm rose cut diamond
Good - quite a bit of surface wear to the shank and some small scratches here and there
best suited to a small wrist. 6" inner circumference, 1 1/8" diameter of head, 1/4" shank
1837 — 1901
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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.
A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb