Idolized, symbolized and worshiped for centuries, lions are believed to embody strength, courage, nobility and leadership. It's no wonder they have become such a popular jewelry motif!
The Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to immortalize the king of the jungle in their jewelry, however, it was British illustrator and cartoonist John Tenniel who elevated the symbol of the lion -- particularly the British lion -- in the Victorian era.
Tenniel's illustrations for "The Herdsman and the Lost Bull" in 1848 thrust the iconic imagery of the British lion into the limelight and soon lions began making an appearance in nearly every artistic form available.
This expertly crafted 12k gold filled bangle features a roaring lion centerpiece flanked by beautiful art nouveau scroll work. Rich crimson faceted glass pieces adorn the lion's eyes and mouth.
Roaring lions traditionally are seen as a symbol of power, prestige and courage.
Bracelet has a side hinge and a push clasp for ease of wear.
This piece was made and sold by the A & Z Chain Company, which was established in 1905, and sold fine and costume jewelry directly to independent jewelers. In 1975, the company merged with the Walter E. Hayward Company.
Date: 1900s Materials: 12k gold over brass Measurements: Inside: 2 1/2" x 2 1/8" Opening: 2 1/2" Markings: A&Z 1/10 Condition: Good The ends of the filigree show signs of repair. There are two noticeable dents on the bangle near the hinge. One of the lions eyes has been replaced and looks more purple under magnification. It's not noticeable to the naked eye.