Gate-link bracelets became popular in the Edwardian period. Their two-dimensional, geometric appearance exemplifies the general style shift from Victorian plumpness to the low, flat designs of the early 20th century.
They were usually hollow in construction but this one is made of solid nine-carat rose gold – far less common. This makes it more robust for frequent wear, as the links will not dent.
These solid examples are generally finer in appearance than their hollow counterparts.
The accent diamond-shaped links with their pretty scrollwork are most appealing.
The clasp is the heart-shaped padlock, in common with the more commonly seen curb-link bracelets.
Many hours of skilled labour went into producing these. Every surface of the gold has been meticulously polished by hand by (usually) women, known as threaders, who would use progressively finer lengths of cloth then thread to achieve the smoothest of finishes.
This is one of the reasons an antique piece will feel soft to the touch.
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• Handmade in nine-carat rose gold
• Approximately seven inches (18cm) long, 1.4cm (1/2 inch) wide
• Weight is 21.2 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other antique jewellery is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it
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I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.
I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.