Vari-shaped cabochons, banded agate, jasper, nephrite jade, pale blue/grey chalcedony, tiger’s eye and pale purple chalcedony

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Mrs Thatcher can be seen wearing this 'pebble' bracelet throughout her campaign ahead of being elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 3 May 1979.

Mrs Thatcher was rarely photographed without what has been coined as her 'Uniform' jewellery, which comprised this bracelet and her treasured amethyst ring, which is also in this sale. Both were gifts from her beloved husband Denis, given to her in the late 1960s, and worn almost daily from then until the end of her life. Usually worn with a string of pearls, they appear in most photographs where her hands can be seen and this bracelet can be seen on Mrs Thatcher's wrist whilst celebrating all three of her election victories as well as when shaking hands with Ronald Reagan, Michael Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela, to name but a few. She can also be seen wearing both the bracelet and ring on many occasions at the dispatch box, including during her famous 1990 'No, No, No' speech and during her final Prime Minister's Questions, as well as on the day when she leaves number 10 for the last time as Prime Minister on 28 November 1990.

In short, this bracelet, alongside her treasured amethyst ring, has been a silent witness to many significant political events, which have shaped modern Britain and the world beyond.

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