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, both the costume and fine jewelry of the era not only completed the well-dressed lady’s attire but also denoted her position in society, her marital status, and her sense of self.
The T-bar's timeless yet modern style functions as a statement necklace or addition to any collectors' chain family and continues to be a part of future jewelry eras.
Real tortoiseshell comes from the hawksbill and certain other sea turtles. The hawksbill, however, is now a critically endangered species and a ban on the sale of real tortoiseshell was enacted in the 1970s. Luckily, well before that point less expensive imitations were developed. The first faux tortoiseshell pieces were made of celluloid, a material whose history dates all the way back to the 1860s. In fact, some of the imitation materials are so good that it takes some very modern technology indeed to identify them.
We are infatuated with this sassy celluloid example. It's not every day that we find a beautiful Victorian chain that plays with our perception of the material. This one with gold-filled hardware and a delicious gold/neutral brown celluloid ink.
Materials and Features: faux tortoise, gold-filled
Measurements: 6.9 grams, 21"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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.