Aluminium Bracelet

Aluminium Bracelet

A rare aluminium bracelet, French, circa 1860 – 1865, stamped on the clasp DV for Henri-Etienne Deville. Aluminium enjoyed great celebrity when a process for refining it was discovered in 1825. Initially priced at the enormous sum of 3000 French francs per kilogram, aluminium was more expensive than gold. Jewellers experimented with the new metal and at the Paris Exhibitions pieces made from aluminium caused a sensation. This bracelet is comprised of gilt domes within aluminium surrounds, surmounted by aluminium pyramids. It is 6 and 3/4 inches long and one inch wide and in immaculate condition. For similar Victorian aluminium jewellery, see the V & A Museum jewellery collection.

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