An interesting semi-precious gem stone we do not usually associate with Victorian jewelry, carnelian is one of the oldest known gemstones and has actually been used decoratively for thousands of years, including the Victorian years. Queen Victoria further popularized Carnelian with her love of Scottish jewelry and, naturally, fashion followed the Queen. Sottish jewelry often incorporated stones such as agate, carnelian, bloodstone, and jasper, and since the industrial revolution with its more efficient manufacturing techniques was well underway, semi-precious and non-precious jewelry became affordable for the emerging middle class.
During the Victorian era, lockets became extremely popular and turned into the piece of jewellery we recognize today. Queen Victoria had two lockets of her own. One was a locket bracelet given to her by her husband which contained locks of hair from each of their children and the other was a very special locket with a portrait of Albert, which Victoria wore after her dear husband’s death. The Victorians were a very sentimental society, so seeing their Queen so publicly wearing a sign of mourning and love for her husband set off a new “trend” for mourning jewelry.
This double window locket pendant features stunning faceted carnelian construction with an attractive cener, whether you fill the locket space or not. Additionaly, carnelian symbolises bold energy, warmth, and a joy that lingers as much as it empowers and stimulates. Don't miss out on this gorgeous piece!
Materials and Features: 9k pink and yellow gold, red carnelian
Age/Origin: Early Victorian, c. 1850
Measurements: 1.5", 5.5 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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