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Victorian “Grizel” Nameplate Bangle

Grizel - here, in bold diamond-studded italics - is a feminine name, particularly a Scottish one. It is a regional variation on the name Griselda, which combines the Old German words “grēwaz” (grey) and “hild” (battle). Roughly, this translates to “grey battle-maiden” (awesome - I like to think of myself as somewhat of a grey battle-maiden myself.) The derivation of Grace, via the diminutive Gris, is particularly Scottish. These names date back to at least the 14th century - Boccaccio wrote about Griselda in the Decameron, and Chaucer mentioned it too. The name “Zelda” is another nickname for Grizel, too.


  • Materials

    15k gold (marked), silver, 52 1.5mm rose cut diamonds

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    6 1/2" inner circumference, 2 1/4" safety chain 1 3/8" x 5/16" nameplate

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