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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Pendant

ca. 1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold with lapis lazuli, glass in imitation of opal, garnet, emerald and gold
Brief Description
Pendant, gold set with lapis lazuli, glass for opal, Vermeil ( old name for garnet), emerald, spelling out the word 'LOVE', England, about 1830
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.6cm
  • Width: 2.7cm
  • Depth: 0.5cm
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.21-1983

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record createdAugust 11, 2005
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