As typical of the era, it is finely crafted in high quality gilt. Gilt is basically gold plating or overlay. Obviously, this bracelet’s gilding was substantial enough to still look good today. In addition, the workmanship is also of very high quality.
This onyx still looks great and was an outstanding choice for this bracelet, giving the rest of the metal work a background to stand out on. The metal work and engraving deserves to be appreciated. Small flowers border the onyx and encircle the center motif. Scrolls, leaves and a garnet flower are the center of attention.
Remarkably the mesh bracelet is still perfectly intact. Highly rare for a true antique piece of jewelry. This Victorian onyx & garnet bracelet is a real conversation piece and a true stand-out.