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Bracelet

Indian, Bracelet, metal and enamel work with diamond, emeralds and rubies, 19th century. 7 x 1 ½ x ½ in. Gift of Rhoda L. and Roger M. Berkowitz , 2012.112. Gallery 23A

The design of this bracelet was inspired by the grand style of the Mughal Empire (1526–1761). Lavish in color and techniques, this type of bracelet, with its combination of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, was often included in an Indian bride’s dowry. Each step in the production is carried out by a craftsman specializing in a specific technique of manufacture and decoration; this enameled gold bracelet set with stones requires the work of at least 6 artisans: the goldsmith, who creates the basic form; an embosser or engraver who decorates the object and prepares it for enameling; the enameller; the stone setter, a specialist diamond setter; and the polisher, who hand burnishes any exposed metal areas.


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