This is a rare bracelet that I have been trying to find for years. I found two smoky quartz pendants 5 years ago… so I have always believed there was a Chinese Carved Smokey Quartz bracelet out there somewhere … it would just be a matter of time.
[ click on images to enlarge .... photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]
The carving of the quartz is very detailed and deep …each of the 5 stones is different. At first glance, because it is set in a solid silver backing, the carving has an almost onyx like appearance … but comes to life in light.
The repoussé (early 2oth Century) is extremely well done and there is a fine vermeil wash giving the bracelet a changing character depending on the background and light…
I think that it was worth waiting for… I have to remind myself sometimes that there is a reason why some things are called rare!
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