Posted 7 months ago
I don't really know how to describe the way this piece is crafted beyond just "fancy chain" -- if there's a specific name for it I don't know. It is all links of intertwined U-shaped wire loops bent from circular loops, each with a separate spiral of wire inside it held captive but not immobile. Each end terminates in a decorated cup-shaped bit with loops to hold a uniquely made hook as its catch. I didn't even realize until retrieving it from my local neighborhood jeweler this afternoon that it really *is* marked "925" on the hook (hard to see in real life, barely appearing in the first couple pics right by the rope design) though I always guessed as much based on where I got it and from who, 15-20yrs or so ago now I suppose. It is a little over 9" long total, and weighs 18g. I have no idea who made it, when, or where. There's the details as I know 'em -- now on to the "story" for those that care to keep going... ;-) :-)
Most recently, I came across it in a drawer where it'd been laying for years, tarnished fully black. Its clasp was broken - the receiving loop missing entirely and the hook way-bent as if it'd been physically yanked from someone's arm (which is in fact exactly how it *did* get that way, before I ever got it thankfully?!) and I decided to take it to my local little jewelry shop [see also: the sterling necklaces I've shown recently] to see how much it'd cost to get it fixed. The price was reasonable, today I picked it up freshly polished after the repairs to the hook and loop -- I gotta say I am more than happy with the results and even more pleased to be able to wear this myself now, finally, for the first time since I've had it.
That last bit simply because a dear friend and co-worker actually gave it to me many years ago, in broken condition and on its way into a trash can, after the aforementioned 'got pulled offa dude's wrist' moment mentioned earlier. He wore it nearly 24/7 and I'd admired it before, then I happened to be at just the right place (at work) when he had looked closer to see if he thought he could fix it, decided otherwise, and was gonna toss it. I said "oh, H*LL NO" and it went into my pocket, then drawer yada yada...
And a couple years later I found myself being one of his Pallbearers while the bracelet still laid in my drawer somewhere...Rest In Peace, dear friend -- I now wear your bracelet in your honor, for a life that was all too short. You are missed though your memories live on newly refreshed with me. :-)