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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with lapis lazuli, glass in imitation of opal, garnet, emerald and gold

  • Museum number:

    M.21-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf A, box 5

The ‘language of stones’ allowed a sentimental message such as "LOVE" to be conveyed using the initial letter of each stone in the design. Here, the pendant has the stones of Lapis Lazuli, glass in imitation of Opal, Vermeil ( the old name for garnet ) and Emerald which spell love.

Sentimental jewellery was an outward expression of emotion. It was used to declare affection for family and friends, passion for a lover, and loyalty to a monarch or a cause, also religious devotion and grief.

Jewels with portraits or symbols of love, such as butterflies, doves and cupids, were very popular.

Physical description

Pendant, gold set with lapis lazuli, glass in imitation of opal, vermeil (an old name for garnet), emerald, gold. These stones spell LOVE.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold with lapis lazuli, glass in imitation of opal, garnet, emerald and gold

Dimensions

Height: 3.6 cm, Width: 2.7 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant, gold set with lapis lazuli, glass for opal, Vermeil ( old name for garnet), emerald, spelling out the word 'LOVE', England, about 1830

Materials

Gold; Lapis lazuli; Glass

Subjects depicted

Romantic love; Love

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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