This incredible Napoleon III diamond and pearl bracelet is a rare example of French for American export jewelry. The trade relationship between France and the US in the 19th century was as important economically as it was culturally. France was known as the fashion capital of the world, while America, with its booming economy and nouveau riche clientele, was a desirable client for all jewelry manufacturers during that period. This special bracelet marries the third empire aesthetic with an uncharacteristic gold heft, uncommon in French jewelry of the period. A wonderful collector’s treasure, this bracelet is a powerful statement piece for anyone interested in the highest order of 19th century hinged bangles.
Materials and Features:
Diamonds, pearls, with 18ct on top and a 14ct bangle
Circa 19th century, Napoleon III Period, French for American Export
Weight: 33.2 grams
Dimensions: 6” inner circumference
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.
14ct/18ct Diamond and Pearl Bangle