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Antique Victorian 15ct Gold Etruscan Revival Bangle Circa 1880

Sale price$1,565.00 AUD

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Crafted during the late Victorian era this 15ct yellow gold is a lovely and simple example of the Etruscan Revival style which enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the Grand Period of the Victorian era (1861-1885).

Featuring five dainty and delicate gold wire work sections to the front of the bangle and plain to the rear section.

With original safety chain for extra security however the push-in box clasp is exceedingly secure and snaps shit with a pleasing snap.

History of Blooming

Blooming, a popular finishing technique for karat gold jewelry from 1870 to 1890, was first documented in 1853. The means for creating a bloom finish involved dipping a karat gold item into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), saltpeter (potassium nitrate), salt and water.

This process burned off any alloys on the surface resulting in an alloy-free, thin layer of soft, pure gold on the item. This thin gold skin was dotted by an infinite number of microscopic pits or holes which caused the matte sheen. The effect is reminiscent of the soft skin found on a peach.

Dipping the item into the boiling mixture was referred to as colouring, and  resulting sheen was termed bloom.

(Credit Lang Antique University).


Victorian 1837-1901

6.15mm Width
Internal diameter across bangle 6cm x 5.2cm - Oval in shape
Will fit wrist 17cm comfortably

12.5 Grams

XRF Tested as above 15ct gold

Good antique condition.  There are no dents, dings or impressions to gold.  There are surface marks/shallow scratches to the gold blooming throughout the bangle, nothing deep.  Clasp is very secure and strong, original safety chain secure also.  Gorgeous antique bangle.