Imperial Russian Locket Bracelet
A remarkable antique bracelet made in Russia before the revolution(s), circa 1880. A large, oval locket forms the head - inlayed with green malachite and featuring gold 'strap' motif, secured with two 'screws' over a a gold bar or ingot, all intricately hand-engraved. Twelve rectangular malachite panels with bevelled edges make up the band, set over gold backs that are curved and hinged to conform the the wrist. It's a bold statement piece that reflects the lavish opulence of Imperial Russia (afforded to the upper echelons of society, at least) with interesting malachite specimens characterised by the usual dark and light green banding as well as more unusual flecks of darker green. It bears marks for 56 zolotniks (the Russian gold standard equivalent to 14 carat) and the St. Petersburg assay stamp, as well as a maker's mark FM.
Era: Russian Empire, circa 1880
Head: 3.8cm by 3.0cm
Length: 7 inches (wearable)
Weight: 69 grams
Marks: Russian, 56z (14ct gold), St. Petersburg, FM maker's mark
Condition: Great antique condition, light wear commensurate with age. One of the malachite panels is a possible replacement and one hinge is a little stiff
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