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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1820-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, <i>pavé</i>-set turquoises and half pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Cory Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.92-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 19, shelf A, box 4

Victorian jewellery is rich in sentimental symbolism, used for mourning, love and friendship. 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.

Physical description

Necklace, gold, pavé-set with turquoises and half pearls. The units of the necklace are linked with gold chains.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)

Date

1820-1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, pavé-set turquoises and half pearls

Dimensions

Length: 39 cm unclasped, Height: 2.4 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm, Diameter: 15 cm approx.

Object history note

The necklace and other pieces in this group (M.92&A to C-1951) are unlikely to have been made as a set.

Descriptive line

Necklace, gold, pavé-set with turquoises and half pearls, probably made in England, about 1820-30.

Materials

Turquoise; Gold; Pearl

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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