Here is an outstanding Victorian Opal bangle bracelet. The Opals graduate in size as it tapers down. The rose gold brings out the red fire in each of these opals.
It is a very versatile and easy to wear staple to anyone's jewelry wardrobe.
It's oval shape makes it extremely comfortable to wear with a safety "8" to ensure security. It is of hollow gold construction and is completely handmade as was typical of this period jewelry. This one is rare as many of these bracelets were made in a small size. This one would fit a normal size wrist measuring 7 - 7.5".
Shape: round cabochon
Measurements: 15 @ 5.1 - 1.9 mm
Dimensions: 5.8 - 2.4 mm wide x 7.2 mm thick
Size: 58.6 x 50.2 mm inside diameter, size 7- 7.5" wrist
Metal: 14k Rose Gold
Markings: makers mark on tongue of clasp
Weight: 6.4 grams
Period: circa 1890
Condition Rating: 7 (some noticeable dents , one opal is chipped, the clasp is secure and a safety "8" catch was added)
Antique 14k Rose Gold Opal Bangle Bracelet 5.8 - 2.4 mm Wide
Bracelets and rings get the most wear out of all the styles of jewelry. Make sure that your jewelry is professionally cleaned and your stones checked annually.
For gold rings, the higher the karat weight, the softer the metal will be, and the easier it will scratch. Frequent polishing is unecessary. Polishing your rings removes layers of metals and will thin it out through time.
The same goes with platinum, as it is a malleable and softer metal, yet denser, which makes it last longer. Platinum is also a white metal naturally and stays white, whereas white gold is yellow that has white alloys giving it a whiter appearance, but will never be as white as platinum.
For high value items, typically of $1,000, it is a good idea to have your pieces insured on your homeowners policy or with a separate insurer like Jewelers Mutual.