The history of the Gate Bracelet is a fascinating (and somewhat sinister) snapshot of patriarchy and gender oppression, but don’t let that stop you from reclaiming the gate bracelet as a symbol of boundaries and personal ownership of the Self! Gate bracelets became popular in the Victorian era, when men who would be away for extended periods of time would buy solid gold ‘gates’ secured with solid gold heart padlocks, to secure around the wrist of the woman they loved.
At first this history made me recoil from the piece of jewellery I had coveted, until I decided to use this symbolism for my own purposes. To me, my gate bracelet is a gift I gave to myself to symbolise a commitment I have made to always be my own most important relationship. All this to say – if you love this vintage, high quality piece of history, snap it up. You get to decide your own story.
This particular piece has 9ct hallmarks on every single link, and is in excellent condition. It is missing one small bar, only noticeable upon very close inspection and can be seen in the third photo. A true vintage piece, most likely from the 1950s, with a gorgeous decorative loveheart padlock. This would fit an average size adult wrist.
Charm bracelets have been worn, and used to hang precious amulets and talismans on, since prehistory. Ancient Egyptians wore magickal talismans on bracelets, charm bracelets were worn throughout the Roman Empire. Perhaps the most famous and glamourous wearers of charm bracelets as we now know them were European Royalty. Both Catherine de Medici, Queen of France (1519-1589) and later, Queen Victoria, Queen of England (1819-1901) were deeply attached to their charm bracelets, and were responsible for the wild popularity of the bracelets in European courts and high society. Catherine de Medici used her charm bracelet specifically to hang her magickal talismans from, and Queen Victoria loved her charm bracelets so much, she gifted them to her friends and in 1889, Tiffany and Co. made their famous charm bracelet, which became one of their most popular pieces.
Vintage charm bracelets like this make the perfect partner for your magickal talisman. Every vintage solid gold charm bracelet we offer has been professionally cleaned, refurbished and energetically cleansed of any energy, ready for your talisman to be soldered onto.