An enchantingly delicate and rare 1920s Egyptian Revival Nefertiti bracelet. The band is very slender, 1/8 inch in diameter with profiles of the mysterious Nefertiti, wife to Egyptian pharoah Akhenaten, at each end. The embossed heads at each end measure 1/2 inch at the top of her headdress to 1/4 inch at the base of her neck.The bracelet is adjustable but was designed for a small wrist, 5-1/2 inches to 6-1/2 inches. With the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, Egyptian style jewelry became the rage. This is one of the more unique pieces that I have come across. A profile of Nefertiti was first unearthed in 1912 but not publicly displayed until 1924. Her great beauty and mysterious history instantly captured the imagination. This bracelet appears to have been gold-filled at one time but the majority of the gold has worn away, revealing the underlayer of brass. It was badly tarnished when I bought it so I subjected it to a more thorough cleaning than I normally do to protect the metal from decomposition which is why it looks so bright and shiney. Extremely Fine condition. There are four very small slightly rough areas toward the back of the bracelet that appear to be surface abrasions due to wear. The bracelet is hallmarked but it is impossible to read. The first letter is an M, the next two can't be read and the last three are ILO. Gift boxed. (The box is not antique or vintage.)
- Circa: 1920s
- Composition: Gold over brass.
- Size: 6-3/4 inches from end to end.Band, 1/8 inch in diameter. Heads, 1/2 inch at top of headdress tapering to 1/4 inch at base of neck.
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