Utterly amazing! Bold Victorian swirls and scrollwork lightly engraved with grooved detailing create the overall look. Large teardrop or pear-shaped garnets in a deep burgundy color form the central look. Certainly not for the faint of heart as these are substantial and make quite the statement. Although they are bold, they are not heavy. They will not weigh down the ears and are not cumbersome to wear.
French hooks are all original and are 15kt as well for those with sensitive ears. Garnets are in excellent order with no chips or cracks.
Dating to the 1880's thsee are certainly in keeping with the bolder look and were created for someone who wanted to exhibit her wealth and status. The addition of stones such as garnets further exemplified her status in soceity as stones were reserved for only the wealthy.
Total length is 2". 1" at the widest.
Victorian jewelry originated in England with the period from 1861-1885 known as The Grand Period. We specialize mostly in jewelry from this era. It is bolder in construction as this time frame saw women’s roles transitioning. A switch from dainty to bold construction was demanded due to women becoming more prevalent in business and demanding the right to vote. This move to a bolder look and increased demand was also attributed to the middle class having more access to higher paying jobs and being able to emulate the wealthy. Jewelry was used as a sign of a woman’s wealth and place in society; thus, the more jewelry a woman wore, the wealthier she appeared. 9kt gold became all the rage during this time as it was more affordable for the upper middle class, and it allowed them to denote their rising status in society. The vast majority of gold jewelry found during this period is of this karat content. Earrings, bangles, and chains were now being worn during the day and were no longer reserved for evening. Women of this period were no different than women today; each enjoyed her own style and her pieces were special and significant to her. Her personality emanated from her jewelry.
Watch chains are now worn by women as necklaces to achieve a unique look. To further personalize, various fobs, medals, and lockets can be added. All of these pieces are unique and were not mass produced. Each detail was carefully considered and certain motifs had special meanings. Originally, the size of the links of a chain or fob indicated one’s status. All chains we choose to offer are a minimum of 16” and can easily be worn as a necklace.
2" long x 1" wideCondition:
Excellent condition. No major dents, dings, or issues to gold. Garnets are free of chips or cracks. Wires are original and in proper order.Circa:
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