In the last year or so it seems that I have been really after the quite often monumental Los Ballesteros hinged bangle bracelets. I am fatally attracted to their amazing proportions, the variety of hard stones and gems that adorn them, the fact that these pieces are a hybrid between bangles and link bracelets and, last but not least, their presence that never goes unnoticed. The piece I am presenting here, albeit belonging to the sub-genre I just described, is interestingly different in its "simplicity". No stones, no gems, no crown settings - just a heavily oxidized basic hinged bangle that is encrusted with "figure eight / infinity", stylized heart and other geometric wire-work ornamentation. Dare I say that it has a brutalist air about it? With an inner circumference of 6 7/8"(clasped; 2 1/4" inner diameter) the bracelet is just shy of 1" wide and weighs 81.8 grams. It is
fully marked with the taller's signature as shown as well as "STERLING 925" and bears Eagle 42 assay mark. It dates in the 1960s-70s and is in excellent vintage condition with impressive presence, an unusual design and its oxidation in great shape. There is no damage yet I believe a blob of extra solder on the inner surface, near the hinge indicates that the latter was probably re-enforced at some point in the past; everything works perfectly though and the bracelet's beauty has not been affected at all.