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Early Victorian Enamel, Ruby, and Diamond Garter Motif Bracelet with Padlock

Antique turquoise and white enamel, ruby, and diamond belt bracelet with padlock locket, in 18k gold

Adjustable inner circumference from 6-6.5", width 0.5", padlock and bail: 1.5" long


An antique chased gold and turquoise and white enamel bracelet designed as a scrolling ribbon garter with a large ruby flanked by diamond accents in gold foliate settings, suspending a similarly enameled padlock locket set with rubies and diamonds, in 18k. French import. Large mixed oval cut ruby measures approximately 7.50mm x 9.00mm, smaller oval mixed cut rubies approximately 2.5mm x 3.00mm.  Atw diamonds 0.25 ct.

The belt buckle or garter has long been a symbol of loyalty/strength/an unbreakable bond, especially given its association with the Order of the Garter, the oldest and preeminent British order of chivalry.  Considering the Victorian predilection for sentimental jewelry, the buckle is a fitting decorative motif to associate with a locket meant to hold memorabilia of a loved one.