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The bangle is made of 9 Karat Rose Gold, handmade with wonderful detail by goldsmith of the 19th Century. The bracelet is beautiful and a feminine style with graceful curves with the focus one the three center pearls. The bracelet is set with three natural ocean seed pearls of 2.75 mm each are basket set and three small seed pearls on each side of the three center pearls.
Pearls, in fact, played the pivotal role at the most celebrated banquet in literature. To convince Rome that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth that put it above conquest, Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony she could give the most expensive dinner in history. The Roman reclined as the queen sat with an empty plate and a goblet of wine (or vinegar). She crushed one large pearl of a pair of earrings, dissolved it in the liquid, and then drank it down. Astonished, Antony declined his dinner—the matching pearl—and admitted she had won. Pliny, the world's first gemologist, writes in his famous Natural History that the two pearls were worth an estimated 60 million sesterces, or 1,875,000 ounces of fine silver ($9,375,000 with silver at $5/ounce). In the Georgian time period and much earlier, finding a valuable pearl requires as much luck as skill. And in their quest for both pearls and mother-of-pearl, people have sometimes taken extraordinary measures. For many centuries, divers for marine pearls had to outmaneuver sharks and other dangers to locate the pearl oysters they hoped would contain natural pearls. The small seed pearl was desired by England and the Eastern United States.
The bangle is 6 3/4 measured on the inside of the band and 3 mm wide on the back band and 14 mm wide at front center. This lovely bracelet is in excellent condition and has a strong clasp and safety chain.