Newly listed! (See profile for shop link); DM for special ig price ️ A deeply gorgeous c. 1860-80s Victorian Celtic revival bracelet, solid 14k gold, set with a large 20-ct deep purple amethyst in a setting and band decorated with openwork filigree, chased and engraved scrollwork, and intricate champlevé enameling. Per fashionable 1860s practice, the gold was acid-treated for a high carat, peachy-matte surface.
The bracelet face, with its dramatic cruciform panels connected by a wide circular nimbus, is a version of the ancient celtic cross. The predominance of geometric, interlace, and curvilinear motifs found throughout the bracelet surfaces—whether chased, engraved, or enamel-inlaid in carved channels (champlevé)—is also influenced by early Celtic art, which, due to Ireland and Scotland having never submitted to Roman conquest, emerged independently from the rest of Europe.
The Celtic Revival movement emerged during the 19th century along with other movements to bring back ancient traditions from the Greco-Roman, Etruscan, Renaissance, Gothic, and old Scottish worlds. These various revival movements were offshoots of a broader Victorian mania for romanticism, which in part sought to revisit the past for a touch of mystique and magic that was rapidly disappearing in the face of post-1820s industrialization and urbanization. - 6 days ago