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Sweet Romance™ 8" Art Nouveau Inspired Sea Life Cartouche Bracelet - 117-259

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117-259 - Sweet Romance™ 8'' Art Nouveau Inspired Sea Life Cartouche Bracelet
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Sweet Romance™ 8" Art Nouveau Inspired Sea Life Cartouche Bracelet

Sea creatures are brought to life in this beautiful piece! This ocean theme gold-tone bracelet has five "cartouche" links that are individual vignettes of ocean creatures including a starfish, mermaid and a seahorse. Features a variety of colored crystal and glass that add a wonderful hint of classy color. Measures 8"L x 1-5/8"W x 7/16"H and has a toggle clasp. Finished with enamel, embossed and filigree detail.

The bracelet features:
40 round cabochon 1.5-5mm cream glass stones in adhesive settings
Four oval cabochon 6 x 4mm cream glass stones in adhesive settings
Six round brilliant cut 1-2mm purple crystals in adhesive settings
14 round brilliant cut 1-2mm light blue crystals in adhesive settings
37 round brilliant cut 3mm black crystals in adhesive settings
15 round brilliant cut 2-2.5mm clear crystals in adhesive settings
10 round brilliant cut 1mm smoky crystals in adhesive settings
Five round brilliant cut 1mm light peach crystals in adhesive settings
11 round brilliant cut 1mm blue crystals in adhesive settings
12 round brilliant cut 2mm green crystals in adhesive settings
16 round brilliant cut 1mm black crystals in adhesive settings

About the Bracelet
Designed in the art nouveau style, the subjects convey the undulating, curvilinear forms of sea life as art. Every detail is an original sculpture. Every fabrication and ornament is entirely executed by hand. Note the clasp--a dolphin jumping through a crystal ring. Many of my jewelry designs are based on the styles of the opening years of the 20th century, termed Art Nouveau, when artists turned away from revival historicism. Lasting a brief period of time, between 1895 and 1915, its influence on all decorative arts established Art Nouveau as a recognized design movement. Originally intended as a rebellion against industrial mass produced products, the design practitioners of the "new art" created items that were largely handmade, one at a time. Form and beauty of an item was deemed more valuable than the intrinsic worth of its materials.

Complete the look with the matching earrings J405839 .

Part of the Sweet Romance Collection.

California residents only: “Proposition 65” WARNING

Created / Simulated Gem    Link    

Created or simulated gemstones:

How are created or simulated gemstones different from natural gemstones? Natural gems are created by the forces of nature and must be discovered, usually by digging in the ground or sifting through a riverbed. When these stones are created in a laboratory, they are called created, simulated or synthetic gemstones.

The purpose of creating gemstones in a laboratory isn’t necessarily to reduce the cost, but also to produce larger, more perfectly consistent stones. Created or simulated gems can be made of any material. Synthetic gems, however, share virtually all chemical, optical and physical characteristics of their natural mineral counterparts.

Austrian crystals: These are known for their excellent reflective quality and prismatic brilliance. This man-made crystal is created using natural minerals and quartz sand, which are then heated and slowly cooled using a process similar to that of creating hand-blown glass. This process creates an end product that can be fashioned into a beautiful crystal.

A special machine is used to create a highly faceted crystal. The crystals are cut in various directions, which allows for excellent light refraction, exceptional brilliance and unsurpassed color quality at an affordable price.

Today Swarovski® is one of the largest suppliers of high-end crystals. In the late 1800s, Daniel Swarovski invented a machine to cut crystal with extreme precision. He patented his technique and to this day, only select Swarovski family members and employees have unrestricted access to the production facility that creates these crystals. They are used to decorate everything from stilettos and sculptures, to chandeliers, jewelry and clothing.

Necklace & Bracelet Clasp Types

A clasp is more than a practical device used to fasten your jewelry. It is part of the overall design and can be a very important focal point. Be sure to consider if it will suit your needs of durability, fashion, comfort and peace of mind.

Lobster Claw Clasp: As a traditional clasp style found in bracelets and necklaces, the lobster claw is generally reserved for heavier styles that may need added strength. The closure's shape is more oblong, similar to a teardrop shape, and is controlled by a tip that opens and closes the spring in the clasp. This type is also considered a more expensive finding that can add to the overall value of the jewelry piece.

Magnetic Clasp: The popularity of the magnetic clasp has greatly increased in recent years. It is a quick and easy way to secure jewelry while not having to fuss with a tiny clasp, which can be difficult if you have long fingernails, arthritic hands or other mobility challenges. A magnetic clasp relies on a strong internal magnet that works to pull both ends of the clasp together. In most cases, a magnetic clasp is used for light to medium weight jewelry pieces that do not put excessive stress on the magnet.

Slide Insert Clasp: This type of clasp is exactly as it sounds. With a box-like shape that is hollow on the inside, the wearer will slide the nearly-flat tab into the box until it clicks, indicating a secure closure. On some jewelry, a slide insert clasp will be accompanied by a side safety catch, which adds strength and security to the clasp. Although this type of clasp is found on both bracelets and necklaces, it is particularly popular on bracelet styles. These types of clasps are often reserved for more expensive jewelry.

Spring Ring Clasp: One of the most common closure types, the spring ring clasp is typically used for light to medium weight bracelets or necklaces. It is round in its design and features a small tip which controls the opening and closing of the spring. The circle then closes around another smaller loop or link at the other end of the strand.

Toggle Clasp: A toggle clasp is a narrow piece of metal, usually designed in the shape of a bar, which is then pushed through a circular ring to act as a fastener. Unlike the lobster claw or spring ring clasps, a toggle clasp is not controlled by a spring. The pretty design is less secure than other closure types, but is usually meant to be a big part of the design and is meant to "show". The clasp is an attractive way to secure a chunkier link bracelet or necklace.

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