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Love an Soul: Berlin Iron Bracelets
Berlin Iron jewelry has been expensive in Germany and has been increasing in value through the ages. Presently its value continues to escalate. In superb condition, Berlin Iron is an investment in the past and for the future as it is most rare indeed. There will not be more of this historic jewelry. At Glorious, we purchase the finest examples of 19th century Berlin Iron jewelry whenever we have the opportunity and only when it comes to us in fine condition. It is always exciting and always a treat when we acquire a piece. Most iron jewelry is on view in museums in Germany, France and in the Victoria and Albert in London. Berlin Iron jewels were made for citizens of Germany and later of France when they gave their gold for iron to support the treasury of their countries during the Napoleonic wars. These wars drained the countries of supplies and money. People were proud of their good citizenship. In Great Britain, iron jewelry was sought after, prized and considered au courant. We know that the peak of production seems to have been from 1813 to 1815. Once the war was over, the jewelry was desired for its beauty and its fashion. Production continued in the 19th century. Fine iron jewelry was dependent on the skill of the person who designed and made the individual molds. Good casting was required and the key to fine jewels. The pieces were sharpened in detail and then lacquered. The striking beauty depended on contrast of the positive and negative space. When worn on skin or over a white shirt or sweater sleeve, the patterns pop and are striking, beautiful and dramatic. We have now two bracelets with oval iinks in which there is a flower and vine corsage. Iron ovals form semi circles around each larger oval frame. The classical iron cameo portrait clasps of Cupid and Psyche are encircled with the a related design. Winged Cupid carries a bow. Winged Psyche has long curled hair and a long goddess neck. This mythical couple has always been the symbol of the soul guided by love. The bracelets are generous in size and can be clasped together to form a choker. The condition is of both bracelets is superb. Germany. Measurements: Length: 7 3/4 inches each. Height of links 1 3/4 inches. Clasp is 2 inches high.


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