A spectacular 18K gold combination bangle and curb chain buckle motif bracelet enhanced with engraving, enamel and diamonds. The front half of the bracelet is fashioned in the form of a buckle-motif bangle. The surface is enhanced with basse-taille enameling in a gorgeous translucent royal blue shade, edged in opaque white champleve enamel. The outer edges are finished with foliate engraving that matches the engraving of the buckle tongue. The buckle motif is completed with a diamond-set loop and three antique cushion cut diamonds representing the adjustment holes of a buckle.
The back half of the bracelet is constructed of curb links ornately engraved in a pattern of roses and foliage that matches the engraving on the front of the bracelet.
But wait, there's more! The bracelet is finished with a basse-taille enameled heart-shaped functioning padlock locket accented with antique cushion cut diamonds and matching floral and foliate engraving. The reverse of the padlock is completed with a small compartment for a love token topped with a rock crystal cover.
The bracelet is set with a total of 31 diamonds, ranging in size from .02 to .22 carats. The diamonds are of very high quality for the period, graded as I/J color and VVS2 to VS2 clarity.
The tongue of the clasp is indistinctly hallmarked with French hallmarks. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
Origin: France, ca. 1840. Condition: excellent; completely original (even the safety chain); no enamel damage. Dimensions: bangle portion, 13/32" wide x 3/8" deep; circumference 6-1/4", padlock locket, 1-3/16" x 3/4". Weight: 34.8 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.98 cts.