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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

Necklace

1820-1830 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, <i>pavé</i>-set turquoises and half pearls
Brief Description
Necklace, gold, pavé-set with turquoises and half pearls, probably made in England, about 1820-30.
Physical Description
Necklace, gold, pavé-set with turquoises and half pearls. The units of the necklace are linked with gold chains.
Dimensions
  • Unclasped length: 39cm
  • Height: 2.4cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
  • Approx. diameter: 15cm
Credit line
Cory Bequest
Object history
The necklace and other pieces in this group (M.92&A to C-1951) are unlikely to have been made as a set.
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.92-1951

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record createdAugust 19, 2005
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