This bangle was made in sterling silver over 120 years ago, and is not only still in wonderful condition, but has the most beautiful design on the front which is highlighted with rose and yellow gold, as well as the much rarer green gold.
Gold can be made in different colours by being alloyed with other metals, such as to produce rose gold, it is made by primarily adding more copper to the gold when being alloyed, and today although not very common, green gold is made by adding silver and/or zinc and copper to the gold, however the green colour is more a soft green-yellow colour. However in the late 1800's, cadmium was added resulting in a stronger colour, and while never a strong green such as yellow or white gold, the tone of green in antique pieces is more pronounced and is used perfectly to be used as a contrast such as with this bangle.
With the combination of rose and yellow used to highlight the flowers, the green is perfectly suited for the leaves.
This bangle will surprise so many when they discover that it is over 100 years old, and has such an incredible design with the use of different colours of gold.
Measuring 25.5mm wide, being oval in shape and hinged will allow it to sit so comfortably on the wrist, and this bangle is truly perfect to wear for any occasion, day or night.
Antique silver hinged bangle highlighted with rose and green gold.
This antique silver hinged bangle dates from the late Victorian era of the 1890's.
What is green gold?
Gold is alloyed with other metals that results in producing different colours. Rose gold is made by primarily adding copper to the gold when being alloyed resulting in the lovely warm tone to it, and today green gold is made by adding silver to the gold, however the green colour is more a soft green-yellow colour. Years ago cadmium was added resulting in a stronger colour. While never a strong green such as yellow or white gold, the tone of green in antique pieces is more pronounced especially when set against sterling silver.
Where is the best antique store in Sydney?
Kalmar Antiques on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building, have been dealing in antique jewellery and watches for over thirty years. With a vast collection of antique jewellery to modern bespoke hand made pieces, there is also a watchmaking workshop on site with a Rolex trained watchmaker.
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