Closure/Clasp Type: The bracelet has an old style hammer clasp that slides into place. Notable Features: This bracelet features classic handmade Georgian craftsmanship and Mughal tassels near the clasp. There are 11 hand cut pieces of glass that are foil-backed with green foil to resemble the appearance of emeralds.
The bracelet also includes 18 red paste stones set into the bracelet as well as two smaller green paste stones near the hinge. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made during the Victorian Period! This era is famous for its rare and elegant designs. The name comes from the ruling monarch of the time, Queen Victoria.
During the Mughal rule in India, which began in the 16th century, the art of jewelry-making flourished. Wearing expensive jewelry marked one's position. Emperors and empresses as well as courtiers and other people of high ranks were adorned with heavy jewelry beset with massive stones and beads.
Various jewelers were hired privately to create magnificent jewelry pieces for the royal family and other important people. Rajasthan, a northwestern state of India, served as an exclusive hub for jewelry-making. The Mughal royalty often formed alliances with the Rajput rulers and married Rajput princesses.As a result, Mughal jewelry was further influenced by the Rajputs, and thus began the combination of Rajput quaint craftsmanship and Mughal delicate artistry. Some Mughal jewelry pieces were also influenced by 17th-century European Renaissance fashion.
In 1724, French jewel designer Georges Frédéric Strass came up with paste, a kind of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light. These white diamante or strass were a hit with glamorous Parisian high society. Foil Back settings were in used in fashionable jewelry from the 1700's until 1840.
This is when the back setting of a stone is metal and not open like we see often today. The metal smith would them place a piece of reflective foil behind the stone to reflect the light through the stones used in the piece of jewelry. Please take this into consideration before.The item "Antique Vintage Georgian Mughal Sterling Silver Foil & Paste Hammer Bracelet" is in sale since Sunday, August 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Bracelets". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.