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Near the end of the 1870s, fashion jewelry was reduced to very simplistic designs, and most women wore very little, and sometimes no jewelry at all. By the 1880’s the rejection of the Victorian style of jewelry and the artistic inspiration of French artist, René Lalique, directly led to the flavorful and imaginative Art Nouveau movement.

The very first pocket watches, since their creation in the 16th century, up until the third quarter of the 19th century, had key-wind and key-set movements. A watch key was necessary to wind the watch and to set the time.

This special watch key features a white agate on one side and a sardonyx on the other. The white color of agate gemstone is associated with peace, calmness, purity, and protection. On the other hand, carnelian symbolizes bold energy, warmth, and joy that lingers as much as it empowers and stimulates.


Materials and Features: 9k gold

Age/Origin: English, Victorian, c. 1890

Condition: Excellent condition. 

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.

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