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 The Vintage Filigree Bracelet
©2005 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Vintage Filigree Bracelet - ©2005 by Cynthia RutledgeNon-precious metal and Rhinestone jewelry had a hay-day during the period of the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Rhinestone jewelry had made a big comeback! The average person could now own a great looking piece without the cost of fine gems and metals. This new type of jewelry used metals like Nickel Silver, Pewter, Rhodium and Pot metal. The Rhinestones were man-made gemstones from highly refined glass. In 1891, Daniel Swarovski developed a new glass-cutting machine that mechanically cut faceted glass. Costume jewelry was off and running for the second time!

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The first time costume jewelry was in fashion was around the thirteenth century. It was a common practice with the rich to use Rhinestones (also known as paste gems) and base type metals to have reproductions made of the family jewels to wear to functions. The priceless gems were kept in safe keeping while the “costume jewelry” was worn regularly to social events. Who would have known?

Vintage Filigree Bracelet was inspired by the bangles of the early 20th Century. Most of the examples were made from Pot metal which was a mix of metals that were all thrown into one pot. This piece is made out of Herringbone open work that is then filled in with faux gems. The closure of the bracelet smoothly flows into a shaped Herringbone tab and toggle.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced.

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