Art Nouveau 18K yellow gold wide chain bracelet with ruby clasp, circa 1900. Very rare piece. This bracelet is made of 9 rows of 18K gold chains divided in to 5 sections by 4 gold bars. Each chain has 2 ornate links with a beautiful art nouveau motif per section, but each successive row is made a bit wider than the one above it by additional tiny round links in the center of each section (see photo). This makes the bracelet longer at the bottom (9 3/8 inches) than at the top (7 inches). When worn with the longer part at the bottom, almost like a bell sleeve that gets wider and wider going towards the cuff edge, this bracelet gives the effect of gold lace. The width of this bracelet is just a hair under 1 3/4 inches.
The clasp is covered with 26 square cut rubies (each approx 2mm wide). Hallmarked 750 on clasp (see photo). Weight: 53.3 grams