Vintage English 9k Rosy Gold Horseshoe Link Bracelet

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Vintage English 9k Rosy Gold Horseshoe Link Bracelet

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General Information:

  • Bracelet Length End to End: About 6.78 inches (17.2212 cm/172.212 mm) including the fold-over snap lock closure
  • Precious Metal Weight: 3.86 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: 9k rosy gold 
  • Dimensions: This bracelet measures 6.78 inches in length, while the horseshoe links measure approximately 10.50 mm in length x 8.00 mm in width x 0.85 mm in depth.
  • Weight: A comfortable and easy to wear 6.00 grams 
  • Markings: The underside of four of the horseshoe links are stamped. Three links bear a crown stamp followed by a "375" mark, indicating European (UK) origins and the piece's 9k gold content. One link bears a maker's mark, followed by the London assay office leopard's head mark, and a script uppercase "H" date letter. This series of stamps tells us that this bracelet was made in London in 1982. 
  • Era: The markings on this piece denotes its origin in the early 1980s, as described above.
  • Buyer Notes: Elegant and easy to wear, this classic jewel has stylistic roots in the Victorian era, boasting the timeless, talismanic motif of interconnected horseshoes.

    The Story:

    Perfectly refined with fascinating lore to boot, this vintage bracelet hails from the early 1980s. Though the bracelet does boast a rich patina, it is not an antique. Rather, it is inspired by much earlier pieces that bear a similar aesthetic and date to the late Victorian to early Edwardian periods, during which time the horseshoe theme surged in popularity as a decorative element donned by men and women of the middle and upper class.

    The rich symbolic designs that inspirited the fine, decorative and wearable arts of the 18th and early 19th centuries are especially beloved by historians, collectors and enthusiasts today. Every emblem and pattern held specific meaning, together exuding an entire story within every item. This sweet bracelet does just that:

    The horseshoe motif has long been popular as a symbol of both fortune and protection, two themes that have influenced jewelry for thousands of years. During the Victorian period, novelty and sporting jewelry grew to popularity as early as the first quarter of the 19th century, and by the 1870s, they were a dominant favorite by ladies and gentleman consumers alike. Horseshoes were meant to allude to the support of equestrian sports just as much as they conveyed good fortune, leaning most often toward the latter as the Victorian era drew to a close.

    It is believed that the horseshoe can both gather and bestow luck; when worn ‘U’-shape up, the talisman catches good fortune for its wearer, and when worn ‘U’-shape down, it is thought to bless others with luck and protection, both friends and strangers alike. Interestingly and most notably, this bracelet features a series of horseshoes in a horizontal orientation, perhaps suggesting both the reception and gifting of good fortune. An added layer of symbolism is evoked in that there are fourteen horseshoes, as the number fourteen is considered, itself, lucky, and offers prosperity and distinction. The number is thought to reveal inner brilliance and abundant potential, and is believed to indicate a divine connection.

    The horseshoe is not solely relevant to equestrians, as its illustrative meaning benefits all with favor and good will. Historically, horseshoe jewelry was typically gifted as a celebratory gesture that intended blessings over the recipient. As wonderfully stackable as it is striking on its own, this articulated piece is a sure staple to any jewelry wardrobe.

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