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Antique pique bangle made in the 1890's

This bangle was made over 130 years ago, yet the elegant design will so easily allow it to be worn with antique jewellery as well as modern jewellery and fit right in.

Antique pique jewellery is like no other, and click here to read an article on pique jewellery. https://www.kalmarantiques.com.au/articles/history-of-pique-jewellery/

Dating from the 1890's Victorian era, the bangle measures 10mm wide and looks so elegant with the three bands of gold running along the bangle.

With a sleek smooth feel to it that makes it so tactile to the touch, being hinged allows it to sit nice and close to the wrist, and it is also fitted with a safety chain for added security.

This bangle is as beautiful as it is unique, and with a lovely combination of chocolate brown and gold working so well together, this will be perfect to wear with any outfit.


Stock# ET1292

Circa: 1890



Antique pique bangle

Antique pique bangle made in the 1890's


What is pique jewellery?

Pique jewellery is a style and type of jewellery all unto itself and one that cannot be reproduced today and is so unique and spectacular. Made most popular during the Victorian era, it can be found as far back as the 18th Century and was popular throughout most parts of Europe but mostly in Italy and England.

Pique (pronounced pee-kay) is gold or silver, or sometimes a combination of both, inlayed into another material. Quite often the material was tortoiseshell (from the Hawksbill tortoise which was also used for the making of other tortoiseshell material such as boxes etc) and sometimes even from elephant ivory.

The tortoiseshell seemed to be the most popular, probably because of its light weight and being easy to mould into other shapes. Tortoiseshell is a natural thermoplastic , meaning that it is quite malleable when heated/warmed. Very fine gold or silver would be fashioned into either fine rod or leaf designs. These were then pressed into the already warmed tortoiseshell. After the gold and silver was set, the shell was left to cool down which would then contract to hold the metal in place.

Prior to 1870, the metals were cut by hand allowing for very fine and intricate detail. After 1870, machines started to do the work resulting in more straight and angular designs. The attention to detail no matter the age is always something that never ceases to amaze people especially when you consider that these pieces were often made well over 140 years ago and still look superb today.

Pique jewellery can most commonly be found in earrings and pendants, and the designs and colouring are amazing to admire.

This form of jewellery making is now a lost art as both the elephant and Hawksbill turtle are protected species. This means that pique jewellery will become harder and harder to find as the years go by.


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