Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
Signature Arts & Crafts Sapphire, Pearl, Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Bangle Bracelet
A beautiful signature bracelet designed by Kirsten's Corner. This unique piece is made from an Arts & Crafts pin that originally dates to 1880-1910. The pin features two blue sapphires, a star sapphire and milky white pearls. At the time this Arts and Crafts era bar-pin was inspired by nature to create a composition of vibrant gemstones amongst gold leaves. The bracelet was transformed from a pin into a bangle by shaping the sterling silver backing to accommodate a wrist. The addition to this piece is the gold bar that closes to make the bangle. All other parts are authentic to the turn of the century.
The backing of the bracelet is sterling silver, while the leaves and visible features of yellow gold are 14 karats. The bracelet has not been marked but I have acid-tested it. The gemstones are set into 14 karat gold and the edge of the bracelet has a gold fold, or lining which adds to the beautiful craftsmanship of this piece. It is truly a superb and considered work of art.
The Arts and Crafts movement in jewelry emerged after a much needed revival, after a long period of sentimental and dark mourning jewelry. We see here a piece that is dazzling, and in fact made up of natural and illuminating gemstones. The movement and this piece are both a merging of Art Nouveau and Edwardian styles.
Today this work of art can be appreciated once again, and has a new life worn as a bracelet. The bold bullet shaped cabochon at the center of the bracelet is a star sapphire, both eye-catching and unique. When held to the light a six pointed star emerges from the central cloudy blue-colored star sapphire. This cabochon measures approximately 6.5mm in size, and it has a high relief, hence the "bullet" form. The two oval shaped sapphires at either end measure approximately 6 x 4 mm, and the round pearls are 3mm each. The bracelet is made for a 7 inch wrist, fits comfortably, opens and closes safely with a clasp. The bracelet weighs 15 grams. It is made up of natural gemstones, and the lovely blue sapphires do have some small inclusions, which let us know the are natural and not enhanced. The piece weighs a total of 15 grams.
In fantastic condition, this bracelet is a very elegant and feminine piece and a great addition to any jewelry collection.