Here is a wonderful antique bangle that was made over 130 years ago, and still looks as beautiful today as when it was made.
Dating from the late-Victorian period of the 1890's, the bangle measures 21.5mm wide and being hinged allows it to sit lovely and close to the wrist.
Made in sterling silver, not only is it hand engraved and designed with three birds, but they are highlighted in rose and 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.
The use of rose gold adds so much charm to this bangle, and the use of green gold really elevates it to an entirely new level.
This bangle is still in wonderful condition and can so easily be worn during the day and well into the night for that special occasion.
Victorian era antique bangle in sterling silver and highlighted with rose and green gold
Victorian era antique bangle
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. This results in a lovely warm tone to it. 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 are on the top floor of the Queen Victoria Building. We 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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Click here for a link to the beautiful and historic Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. We are the only antique jewellery store in the building: