C.1840. Early Victorian agate and pinchbeck bracelet. The 12 panels of navette or marquis-shaped agates show a magnificent combination of organic patterns and colors of the stones. The bracelet is set in pinchbeck, a metal with a gold-like appearance. This form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, was invented by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker in the early 18th century. The pinchbeck alloy existed for a short period of time, until 9k gold became more affordable in the Victorian period. This rare metal remains important in jewelry history, and is still highly sought after.
One stone shows a short and shallow hairline mark that is hardly visible. Another stone has a small chipped tip, hardly noticeable, since it is hidden within the frame. The clasp is firm and secure. The bracelet is light and very wearable, and overall in good condition.
Length of Bracelet: Approximately 7.65 “
Navette: 18mm x 20.25 mm