In Beaux-Arts and Neo-Renaissance style, this French silver bangle bracelet is a testament to the loving care and attention to detail of its creators.
The Neo-Renaissance style flourished from around 1890-1920. A continuation of the Renaissance revival that began around 1850, the motifs of Renaissance art and decorative arts were employed as a wellspring of inspiration for jewelry design.
Evocative of borders and friezes of decorative wallpaper, illustrations, and graphics of the 1500 and 1600s, the central panel seems alive with floral-inspired open work and undulating, organic designs.
Acanthus leaves and shell patterns wend their way across the entire bracelet. Each edge adds rose gold over silver bands for pure elegance.
Worked in 800 silver (less than sterling, which is 925/1000 parts or over) it is very weighty at over 73 grams (most similar bangles are about half this weight). Hinged for wear on almost any wrist, it also employs a safety chain.