Antique Victorian Era Mother of Pearl & Sterling Silver Base Sweetheart Bracelet
Antique Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) stretchy monogrammed sweetheart bracelet with sterling silver top base & mother of pearl center. The center design consists of flowers created from sterling silver. The top shell of the bracelet is rolled gold plated, 1/20 10k. The bracelet is signed ‘Gloria’ , ‘Sterling’, and ‘Top Shell 1/20 10k.
Measurements: 6’ inches wide without stretch. Bracelet is expandable.
Weight: 14 grams
This bracelet is in very good antique condition with some visible slight wear on plating due to age. There are two missing chain links, but the bracelet is still very secured despite imperfections.
The bracelet is signed ‘Gloria’, ‘Sterling Base’, & ‘Top Shell 1/20 10k’ inside of the bracelet setting.
History: The ‘sweetheart’ bracelet was first marketed during the early Victorian Era for babies, little girls, and women, & saw a revival again during the World War Eras of the 20th century as well. The expandable bracelets became known as keepsake accessories for the loved ones of soldiers in World War 1 and 2. Many antique sweetheart bracelets may not have a maker’s stamp, but initials or the name of the person it was monogrammed for is very common. Popular jewelry companies that created sweetheart bracelets includes: D.F Briggs (founded in 1892), which were called ‘Carmen’ bracelets, & the McRae & Keeler Company (founded in 1893), which became known as the ‘American Queen’ bracelets.
The Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) was named after Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted from 1837-1901 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the second longest ruling monarch. There are three periods within the Victorian Jewelry Era: The Romantic Era (1837-60), The Grand Era (1861-1880), and the Aesthetic Era (1880-1901). Popular designs included the famous ‘mourning jewelry’ period within the Grand Era. The ‘Mourning’ Grand Era began after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away. Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning stage while consistently wearing all black attire & jewelry. Mourning Jewelry was common in both the U.K and the U.S. Common jewelry characteristics within this period included black & gold enamel, monogrammed personal accessories, memorial sentimental jewelry such as strands of a deceased loved one’s hair or photograph. Common materials used were jet, onyx, gold, and glass. The last period within the Victorian Era was the Aesthetic Era, which emphasized Queen Victoria’s optimism and looking forward to brighter days.