Victorian coral bracelet, circa 1850


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Coral jewellery seems to have always been fashionable. The 1850s were no exception, when wealthy English tourists visiting Italy took home beautiful jewellery like this as a reminder of their Grand Tour of Europe.

The pure soft apricot shade of this coral is most appealing, and the bracelet is in remarkable condition given its fragility and age.

Those of us who have been in the antique jewellery business a long time are used to seeing sad survivors of this type of coral jewellery.

Here there are some losses, notably a chipped wing, a missing beak for the dove, and a leaf absent near the centre. But the busy Victorian design hides this from all but the closest scrutiny.

Bracelets were very popular in the mid-Victorian period, bold and big in keeping with the times. Typical motifs – a dove, grapes, grape leaves and branches – are skilfully executed. The coral has retained its gloss too.


• Handmade in coral and 14-carat gold
• Approximately 7 inches (18cm) long, 4cm (1 1/2 inches) wide
• Weight is 31 grams
• In very good antique condition – there are minor losses to the coral
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other coral jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it
Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

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.

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