Bracelets, as they are understood and used today, are an article used as an ornament. They have existed for centuries, and the use depended on the culture, symbolism, status and development that society was developing. In the nineteenth century there is a profound aesthetic revolution that leads to nostalgia for the past. Literature, architecture and decorative arts change and evolve. The influence of trends in jewelry is decisive, and jewelry such as the 19th century bracelets are an example of this.

19th century bracelets, made with feeling

It is an era characterized by the attraction of the picturesque and the exacerbation of feelings. It is inspired by the French and Italian Renaissance, the Baroque, the Gothic, and even realism.

The commemorative jewels adorned with names, dates and initials are innumerable among 19th century bracelets. The current of the time also inspires highly symbolic bracelets, which are decorated with padlocks, crossed hands, pigeons that mean love, anchors or ivy. We find snakes that are symbols of pure fidelity; the crosses that signify hope; and the hearts that represent charity and love. All these bracelet adornments correspond to the mentality that existed at this time, where morality and customs marked the life of the woman enormously.

Bracelets materials 19th century

During this time, precious stones like brilliants proliferated enormously. In South Africa several mines were discovered that allowed the trade of these stones. In the bracelets it was usual to see this exclusive gem among the high society. Pearls and corals also appear among the jewelry. It is also very appreciated the enamel, used to give color to the bracelets.

The 19th century bracelets are a luxury item that does not go unnoticed, giving an elegant touch to the best look.