Vintage Art Deco Baltic Amber & Silver Bracelet c1970

£125.00 $159.41 Product Code: 2024000000

Technical Description 

A beautiful solid silver bracelet crafted in the Art Deco style and produced during the late 20th century. Set with sixteen amber cabochons that have been heated to create ‘sun spangles’ that glint and refract in the light. One row appears to be a deep honey-amber hue, the other row appears green, this changes depending upon the light which will turn the amber to a golden yellow. Green amber is caused by a light illusion created by burning or painting the back of the cabochon black, if you view the amber side-on you can see it remains a honey-amber hue; this technique is only used with Baltic amber.

 

Hallmarked 925 twice, one of which is the Common Control Mark implemented by the Hallmarking Convention in Vienna in 1972 and adopted by the United Kingdom in 1976. ‘Leopard Head’ National Control Mark for the United Kingdom, London. Maker’s mark appears as ‘‘G Lᵀᴰ’’.

 

Solid silver links, catch and safety chain.

Date & Origin 

London, England, c1980.

Condition

Excellent, age-related wear as shown. The clasp is in full working order.

Dimensions 

Diameter: 20 cm (when clasped)

Historical Context

Baltic amber has been quarried for the last 4000 years making it one of the oldest industrious activities of the region. 40 million years ago, what we now know as the Baltic Seas was a forest, full of pine trees producing resin which would fossilise and harden over millions of years to form amber. Recognised as a true fossil, each piece is unique enough to be traced to its origin by an accomplished geologist.

 

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