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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, turquoise and diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Elizabeth Blunt through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    M.2:3, 4-2001

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 19, shelf A, box 1 []

Turquoise was used in profusion in jewellery of the 19th century. The bright blue colour echoed forget-me-nots, which signified true love in the language of flowers used in sentimental jewellery. It was a popular gift to bridesmaids, often in the form of turquoise doves. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave her twelve bridesmaids turquoise brooches in the shape of a Coburg eagle, a reference to Prince Albert’s family.

This pair of earrings and the associated necklace were given to Anne, Lady Hunloke (1788-1872) by William, 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858). They are in a style which was fashionable around 1830 using turquoise, possibly from Russia and cannetille (rolled and twisted) gold .

Physical description

Pair of earrings, gold set with turquoise and diamonds.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, turquoise and diamonds

Object history note

The jewels (M.2:1 to 4-2001) were a present to Anne, Lady Hunloke (1788-1872), from William, 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858).

Descriptive line

Pair of gold earrings, set with turquoises and diamonds, England, about 1830

Materials

Diamond; Turquoise; Gold

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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