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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, turquoise and diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Elizabeth Blunt through 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)


ca. 1830 (made)



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


Diamond; Turquoise; Gold


Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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