Antique & Modern: Georgian Paste Buckle and Alligator Cuff in Amethyst Glaze
We have combined two of our favorite things: exotic skins and antique paste jewelry. This particular cuff bracelet was custom made from high quality alligator skin, in an amethyst glaze. It is paired with an antique (circa late 18th c/early 19th c) paste buckle from the Georgian Period.
During this period, the pastes were hand shaped by a highly-skilled craftsman. The stones are all original, with no replacements, but they are not in perfect condition. They have some surface scratches and a slight grey-blue tone. We like the aged look of the buckle and think it is a nice contrast against the pristine look of the glazed alligator and the hand-engraved, rose colored metal band at the center. The cuff is a one-of-a-kind, custom made piece (see Dimensions & Details below for more information on dimensions and fit).
This is for a single cuff. Each is sold individually. Originally a pair of buckles, there are two currently available. It is possible to purchase the pair and wear one on each arm in Coco Chanel fashion.
Dimensions & Details
- The inside circumference is 6 1/2 inches and it is 1.2 inches wide. It can be worn loosely like a bangle or in a more fitted fashion i.e. works well on a variety of wrists, but it would be a good idea to measure prior to ordering.
- The cuff is made from high-quality, genuine American alligator in an amethyst purple glaze. The brooch/buckle is made from antique paste stones.
Period & Hallmarks
- Georgian (circa late 18th c/early 19th c) unmarked. The cuff is new.
- The paste buckle is in good condition. There are surface scratches, a few very small chips (not visible without magnification), the stones have a greyish-blue tint, and minor signs of wear/age as one would expect from an antique piece.
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