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Mid Victorian Heart Padlock Sapphire Bangle

Surely custom-made for a couple, this (kinky?) bracelet fastens with a key that can be worn or kept by the other partner. There is no other way to put it on and take it off - the key MUST be used. The lock fastens securely, permanently, much like a Cartier love bracelet (but this bracelet was created a century earlier). The couple expressed their individual personalities through the bracelet's details: the sapphires are slightly different shapes, and so are the gold tones, oh-so-subtly. Engraved inside is a date on which something monumental happened between E. M. S. and B. D. S. - we'll never know what it was, but we imagine it was something sexy. A rare, intimate glimpse into a long-gone love. Etruscan Revival details.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), .14ct and .16ct cushion cut sapphires, .23ct round faceted sapphire

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6" inner circumference, 1/4" shank, 1" x 3/4" heart padlock, 5/8" key

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