Good morning, darlings!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Riot cross-post, but I thought you’d particularly enjoy this one. This piece originally ran on Book Riot on September 10th, 2014.
If you love a good piece of jewelry, a mystery, or a bit of bookish history, then this is the post for you, my friends.
First things first: take a gander at this extremely cool antique Mice and Men bracelet. Awesome, yes? Well, wait until you hear its backstory.
The bracelet itself is made of of solid 9 karat gold, very fabulously decorated with two silver mice flanking a silver-topped gold banner that reads “AND MEN” in letters set with rose-cut diamonds.
The mice are amazing: they have textured silver fur and beady cabochon garnet eyes. The banner unfurls over a larger green jade cabochon, under which curls a gold ribbon that is engraved “LITTLE BRITAIN.”
At first, I assumed that this design was a visual reference to Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. But this piece dates to the early 1900s, when Steinbeck was just a child. Of Mice and Men wasn’t published until 1937.
To read the rest of this post, please click through to Book Riot here.