This is beautiful Victorian Berlin Iron and 15k gold bangle. It is in incredible condition and has a secure tongue clasp in gold. The iron shows some wear on the backside, inside and out. This is a heavy iron bracelet with 15k gold details on the top. The design is a 1/2 ball that measures 14.3 mm and hand chased flowers. The hand fabricated gold design element is riveted to the iron bangle. The bracelet fits an average 7" wrist size.
Dimensions: 29 mm wide; 57.5 x 56.6 mm inside diameter
Metal: Iron and 15k Yellow Gold (gold tests as 17k but I am listing it as 15k)
Period: circa 1800-1820
Condition Rating: 6 (shows wear on back of bangle, some discoloration which looks like rust, indicative it being iron)
Weight: 79.4 grams
RARE Victorian Berlin Iron and Gold Bangle Bracelet 15k Gold
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.