Victorian Pinchbeck Cross 1860’s with Natural Turquoise and Side-Set Black Onyx
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 era stretched over six decades, many types of jewelry came and went in style. Mass production made jewelry available to the widest number of buyers in the broadest range of designs ever seen before in history. When it came to formal occasions, the "more is better" theme of the Victorian era carried over into how jewelry was worn by royalty and the aristocracy. But the jewelry of the everyday folk is collectible, fascinating and a lesson in history that enchants us even today.
An outstanding Victorian cross featuring turquoise (wisdom, tranquility, protection) and agate (harmony, rebalance) set in the most compelling angle, I could not be more delighted with this geometric treasure. Circa 1860, in excellent shape, I think that this cross presents a most superb silhouette. On a black ribbon or even a chatelain, this would be an outrageously delicious addition to any collection.
Materials and Features: pinchbeck, turquoise, black onyx
Age/Origin: England, Victorian, c. 1860
Measurements: 2.25" with bale
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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