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 gold filled bangle features a 3-dimensional roaring lion centerpiece bearing his claws. Rich crimson faceted glass pieces adorn the lion's eyes while he grips a deep amethyst glass piece in his mouth.
Roaring lions traditionally are seen as a symbol of power, prestige and courage.
Bracelet also has a side hinge and a push clasp for ease of wear.
This spectacular piece was made by the Finberg Manufacturing Company, who mainly sold through mail order companies. Finberg's foray into jewelry production was brief and the company is more widely knows for their beautiful art deco vanity cases and compacts.
Date: 1910s Materials: 12k gold over brass, glass Measurements: Inside: 2 5/8" x 2 1/4" Opening: 2" Markings: F.M. Co and Crescent Moon Condition: Very Good
Bangle has light surface scratches consistent with age and use. A tiny bit of the gold filled layer is starting to come off of the lion's face. It is only noticeable under magnification and not to the naked eye.