Antique Georgian Miniature Gold Mourning Pendant
This Georgian Miniature Pendant features a mans portrait on the front with the initials 'JR' on the back. Set in Gold, this piece is a treasured beauty. It also comes with its original antique casing!
|Condition: ||Very Good, slightest signs of wear due to age and use |
|Defects: ||None |
|Date / Period: ||Georgian |
|Weight: ||21.8g (with case), 14.5g (without case) |
|Dimensions: ||Height 43mm (without bail), Width 36mm, Depth 6mm |
|Materials: ||Unmarked Gold, Hair |
Georgian (1714 - 1837)
The Georgian period was named for, and defined by, the Hanovarian Monarchs of the United Kingdom, Georges I, II, III and IV, and the short reign of William IV. It was a period of change which saw a great rise in social and cultural awareness, and important events of the time in England along with the rest of Europe were all responsible for influencing jewellery motifs. Goldsmiths of the day were highly trained technicians who were skilled in all areas of gold work. Producing jewellery was incredibly labour intensive with all creations being completely handcrafted so it is fitting that the key signature of Georgian jewelry is it’s beautifully elaborate metal work that can only be formed by hand. Jewelry styles of this era came to be designated as to the time of day they should be worn. Elements from nature were abundant in daytime jewelry, with garnet, topaz, emerald and ruby proving as popular stones. The evening was a different story entirely, where rose cut and mine cut diamonds were plenteous.
Victorian (1837 - 1901)
The Victorian era lasted the full reign of Queen Victoria which saw vast expansion of the British Empire. Over her 64 year reign we saw changes in socialism, industry, fashion and jewellery, and women became the primary jewel wearers. There are three sub-periods in this era, the first being the 'Romantic Period' which reflected the Queens love for her husband, and the adoration shown from her nation. Manufacturing developments meant that by the end of this period jewellery was no longer made solely by hand. Following this, the time frame named the 'Grand Period' emerged where there was a revival of ancient jewelry styles, this period also began with much death and war which increased the demand for mourning jewellery. By the 1880's diamond pieces were very popular due to their discovery in South Africa in 1867. The final years of Victoria's reign, the 'Aesthetic Period', jewellery became lighter and smaller as women became an integral part of the workforce. The fashion trendsetters at this time were actors and actresses as the entertainment industry boomed.
- Product Code: P20
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