Of 'jarretière' design, composed of a stylised strap and buckle, the strap composed of a flexible gold mesh weave link, the buckle detail embellished with rose-cut diamonds, circa 1855, French assay marks for gold and silver, French maker's mark. Dimensions: 1cm wide, length adjustable. 16.7cm x 1cm - note: length is adjustable. Weight: 28 grams Note:
A popular style coined ‘jarretière’ in reference to the french word for garter straps, these embellished bracelets of textile-like fluidity with stylised references to bows or buckles as fasteners were revisited again many times during the 20th century too, evolving into general passementerie, creating a playful tie between the world of fashion and jewellery. This bracelet link in this example is particularly successful in its imitation of the flexibility of fabric and the sliding mechanism enabling it to be adjusted in length a lovely (and practical) touch of realism.