The Early Victorian Turquoise, Pearl & Diamond Pendant

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The Early Victorian Turquoise, Pearl & Diamond Pendant

3,000.00

Metal: Silver topped 18K Gold

Stone: Diamonds (Old Mine Cut and Rose Cut), Pearl, and Turquoise

Size: (from bale to bottom) 40mm x18mm

Era: 1820-1840

What You Should Know: Open backed and in incredible condition! Chain not included.

 When the French conducted historical excavations in Europe during the 19th century, including Tutankhamun’s tomb, it inspired an interest in the culture and aesthetics of the ancient empire. This public enthusiasm affected not only the scholarly world, but also architecture, art, and jewelry. And while turquoise had already been used in jewelry for centuries before, this new fervor brought it back into fashion for the early Victorians. 

The use of turquoise in the Victorian Era went beyond the typical Egyptian Revival piece and was increasingly incorporating alongside other 19th century styles. Here, an early Victorian pendant showcases six square bright blue turquoise stones next to other time specific favorites like scintillating rose cut and old mine cut diamonds. Foliage like diamond settings all set in silver topped gold. 

This piece is incredibly romantic, and an excellent example of the whimsy of the early Victorian years. We can’t help but think it would read as a little too precious without the punch of turquoise stones standing boldly in a row. 

 

 

 

 

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