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Victorian Turquoise Belt Bracelet

The Order of the Garter, founded by Edward III in 1348, is the oldest British Order of Chivalry. The Order consists of 25 members (the King and twenty-four knights), and honors those who have either held public office or served the country in some significant way. The insignia of the Order features the garter (among other symbols), and owing to its association with this honorable crew, the image of the garter is imbued with the qualities of loyalty, fidelity, and protection. Thanks to all this poignant symbolism, the garter, buckle, or belt motif was exceedingly popular in nineteenth century jewelry - it can be seen adorning brooches, rings, bracelets, and mourning jewelry. This mid Victorian garter bracelet is composed of hinged gilt metal panels set with turquoise cabochons.


  • Materials

    gilt base metal, turquoise cabochons

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    6 1/2" inner circumference, 5/8" shank, 1 1/8" at the widest point of the face, 2 1/2" safety chain

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Turquoise:Health, Luck and Friendship

A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb