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Chinese Sterling Bezoar Bracelet

“Many persons of status accepted potential poisoning as a chronic threat and armed themselves for battle against it. Because wine and other drinks were often laced with arsenic, the most popular poison of the period, many magical devices were employed to negate its deleterious effects before it was consumed. The most common and effective of these amulets was the bezoar stone…” So, here we have a 19th century Chinese sterling silver bracelet with dragons… exquisite workmanship… set with a bezoar… with a carved human face…custom made for whom and why? …certainly someone wealthy and powerful… did they believe in its powers? (from the PrivateCollection PhotoBlog)


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  1. zehra
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    i am breathless …..never seen anything so beautiful in my life.

  2. RP Birt
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much!

  3. April
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    wow so beautiful! do you have a site where you sell these pieces?

  4. RP Birt
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    No, I’m sorry…