REF no. 112
A Victorian sentimental jewel designed as a drop shape pendant, the central pear shape cabochon garnet encircled by a twining gold stem and leaf, beautifully highlighted with pale blue enamel, the reverse with glazed locket compartment containing woven hair. Beautifully crafted in rolled gold (18ct plated over 9ct), dating to circa 1870.
Measurements: Length of pendant 25mm x 14mm width
This piece was made in the mid-Victorian era, circa 1870. The use of hair in jewellery was highly popular throughout the 18th – 19th century. A delicate but long-lasting material that held special meaning for the wearer, hair was woven into a lattice, sewn or arranged over silk or kept as a lock behind a glazed panel. Hair was valued for its inherent sentiment and treasured as a token of affection for a friend, relative or beloved. These highly sentimental jewels were often the most treasured pieces in a lady’s jewellery collection.
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