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Antique Cognac Stone Rhodium Gilt Bangle – Yes I am nearly 100 years old – believe it or not
Stunning Antique Buckle Bangle with Rhodium Coating to keep it white. Claw set multi faceted cognac coloured crystal or paste centre stone with applied gilt gold. The bangle has a filigree band centre enclosed by upper and lower rims. It is signed on the inside with a patent date of 1933576 and a W inside a triangle (White JJ- USA 1896 – at least until 1978)
White metals were all the rage at this time in history as was filigree. Jewellery makers used a Rhodium overlay to keep the pieces shiny and rhodium is used today to coat white gold and sterling to keep it bright. (Pure Rhodium is too brittle to use in jewellery) Rhodium is the most expensive metal in the world even out ranking Platinum and Palladium. The base metals were usually sterling, white gold , platinum or mixed white metals and it is unknown unless filed into which would damage the item. The bangle also has gold gilt applied all the way around which sets off the rhodium to give a lovely duo metal effect.
The bangle opens at the front and clips shut securely at the smallest setting. It is in very good antique condition.
The bangle is 17.5cms or just under 7inches on the inner circumference and the bangle is 1.6cm wide. Weighs 18.8 gms. The stone is 1.8cms across
This is a rare antique bangle and these type of bangles are highly sought after by collectors because of their usual great condition. You are sure to get compliments regarding it when worn. Very Very pretty, collectible and wearable for day and night or special occasion.