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, turquoise was a favorite gemstone used during Victorian era jewelry, adding a playful pop of color to gold, black, or silver pieces.
One of the most feminine crosses The Curio has enjoyed to-date, this stunning French example is hallmarked, with sweet turquoise accents and a sizeable central pearl. While pearls are the ultimate symbols of wisdom, turquoise represents wisdom, tranquility, and protection.
Materials and Features: 18k gold
Age/Origin: French, 19th C, c. 1860
Measurements: 2.75", 3.9 grams
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.