This elegant, fine high-carat, solid-gold bracelet is set with dozens of rose-cut diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
The form is akin to the spine of a snake.
The bracelet has a screw closing mechanism.
Such fine, gem-set high-carat gold was made in Bangkok in the 19th century and was based on court jewellery. Indeed, many such pieces would have been made for minor royals of whom there were many on account of the extraordinary polygamy of the primary court. Mid-19th century Siamese court dress for ladies was elegant but simple which was perfect for the addition of complex, gem studded brooches, necklaces, bracelets and pendants.
The Chakri Dynasty kings were very influenced by European fashions and this flowed through to dress and jewellery. The enormous prestige of the Chakri Dynasty saw these influences emulated by the rest of the upper echelons of Bangkok society.
The bracelet here is in fine, wearable condition. It is refined and beautiful.
Richter, A., The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames & Hudson, 2000.