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.
This glorious 19th-century example is from the Napoleon III period and boasts gorgeous tri-color gold work. The chain is a soft yellow, the slides stations are a delicate pink, and the floral decoration there is a vibrant yellow. Circa 1870, this chain was modified from a longer example to be worn as a long collar, while the clasp is a later replacement.
Materials and Features: 18k gold
Age/Origin: French, Napoleon III Era, c. 1870 (clasp is a later replacement)
Measurements: 9.3 grams, 19"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear.
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