Coral and Pearl Horseshoe in 9k & Superb Victorian Sterling Heart Albertina Chain
It is believed that horseshoes were first used as good luck symbols from the 9th century AD although some earlier examples have been discovered in tombs. There is a lot of symbolism throughout history packed into horseshoes. For instance, horseshoes were once used to protect a house from elves or fairies, as well as from the devil. Finding a horseshoe was considered lucky in Bruges in the late 1470s, and miniature horseshoes were worn as good luck badges by pilgrims in Holland around the same period.
In the British Isles, when the horseshoe is facing up with the rounded part at the bottom, it is associated with the shape of a cup and is believed to gather good luck. This lovely example features graduated coral cabochons, pearls, and makes a great good luck charm for any and every ocassion.
Age/Origin: Victorian, English, c. 1860
Measurements: 3.8 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear.
The tradition of women wearing watch chains as necklaces originated when soldiers departed home for the battlefields of WWI, leaving pocket watches and chains behind with their wives. Women would wear these talismans around their necks keeping them safe and close to the heart.
Measurements: 13.5 grams, 9.5"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear. One jump ring has been added to the link part of the chain. The tassel and heart are both extra nice and can be used as charms or drops on a necklace.
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