|Title:||Gold Bracelet with opals|
|Description:||gold bangle bracelet with 3 opals. Opals are white with specs of green, blue & orange. There are no markings for karat of gold. The clasp is in perfect condition. There is a chain in case the clasp opens.|
|Condition:||The opals look like they are in perfect condition. I didn't notice any scratches or chips. The surface of the gold seems fine.|
|Origin:||This was my grandmother's bracelet.|
|Appraised By:||Leigh Leshner|
|History Of The Item:||This bangle was most likely made in the Art Nouveau period circa 1895 - 1910. In 1895, Samuel Bing opened a shop called “L'Art Nouveau” at 22 Rue de Provence in Paris, France. He is credited with starting the art nouveau movement. Art Nouveau was influenced by the aestheticism of the late nineteenth century. The designs of the jewelry were characterized by a sensuality of the designs. The lines were not angular. Instead, the designers used whiplash curves and exaggerated and stylized lines to create a feeling of lushness and opulence. Various materials were used including horn, ivory, tortoiseshell, carved glass, opals, moonstones, quartz, amethysts, carnelian, garnet, lapis, malachite, mother of pearl, gold and silver. The stones were used to accent the jewelry rather than overpower it.|
|Appraiser Tips:||Be sure to store the bangle seperately from other items to avoid scratching and damage. As the bangle is hollow, be careful not to have heavier items on top of it, as it will dent easily.|
|Research Sources:||Costume Jewelry: A Price and Identification Guide by Leigh Leshner|
|Appraiser Comments:||As you have indicated, you tested this bangle and it tests for gold. Not having it in front of me, I cannot verify the kt gold used for the bangle. This is a tube bangle meaning that the bangle is hollow inside. It is made of gold and accented with opals. The bangle has a safety chain to insure that the wearer does not lose the bangle is the clasp fails.|
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