The Grand Period began in 1861 upon the death of Queen Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert. The Queen went into mourning and not only donned black attire and mourning jewelry, but she also required the court to do likewise. That same year brought the beginning of the American Civil War, so there was reason to mourn in both the United States and Great Britain.
Since mourning required not only a change in clothes but a change in jewelry as well, the Grand Period 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.
While crosses are not specified as a vampire repellent, Vanheling does sprinkle communion wafers about to keep him at bay, and I can absolutely envision this jewel swinging from Mina's neck on a black velvet ribbon.
Materials and Features: 6k garnet gold
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1860
Measurements: 2", 4.8 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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