Gorgeous Petite Cross in 14k
Victorian jewelry is as complex in its symbolism, sentiment, and design as the fashion, architecture, and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token, or a remembrance, jewelry not only completed the well-dressed lady’s costume but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
Since the Victorian mourning period required not only a change in clothes but a change in jewelry as well, the later years of the era became the high point of mourning jewelry. Religion, for example, was an important part of Victorian life, and cross pendants and necklaces made from materials such as metal, hair, and gemstones were common accouterments. Additionally, what better to style dark mourning clothing with complementary dark mourning-like jewelry that we see in rich bohemian garnet.
The simplicity of the cross is unparalleled. Two lines intersecting; billions of pages written on its importance. This simple, small-scale example would make a perfect addition to any stack, large or small.
Materials and Features: 14k gold
Age/Origin: American, Victorian, c. 1890
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.