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9K Rose Gold Victorian Gate Bracelet


One needn't be "locked down" by a companion to appreciate this delightful 9k rose gold Victorian gate bracelet. Historically, this style was popular amongst Victorian long distance lovers. It is said that these bracelets were given to sweethearts as a sign of fidelity and chastity before a long departure. They typically feature a padlock shaped like a heart as the closure. This particular example is dated to 1870 and has the soft pinkish hue of Victorian rose gold. To open this lovely piece, the heart shaped hinged padlock pulls open. Once removed, it reveals two overlapping links. The curb link chain is connected with a thin safety chain to ensure your beloved bracelet remains on your wrist.

The bracelet is in excellent antique condition. There is some very minor normal scratching on the padlock, which is barely visible. The piece has been acid tested 9k gold. The bracelet measures 6 5/8” and when you open the lock to slip over the hand, it opens as wide as 8 5/8". The curb links are just under ¼” wide. The heart shaped lock is 5/8” long and ½” across at the heart’s widest point. We're happy to shorten this bracelet for you by removing links; just contact us prior to purchase if you need an alteration.