Antique Victorian LARGE Button Shirt Cuff Sterling Silver Puffy Pendant Locket
Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection. Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, a few small and shallow dings at the back are noticeable on close inspection. Two original frames hold your photos in place (no glass/plastic inserts). Bale is secure and original. Shuts tightly with satisfying "snap". Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story. Intricately made through repousse technique, large face of locket depicts a victorian shirtcuff and button. Domed face has a mirror-like sheen and casts light prettily. Oversized silhouette is solidly made with substantial weight and feel in your hand. Locket has puffy cache laying dimensionally when worn. Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you don't know what you're looking for. Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day society's collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and step back into history. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond.
Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid.
_gsrx_vers_1326 GS 8.4.1 (1326). This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in this country: US.
This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.
- Antique: Yes
- Color: Silver
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Jewelry Department: Fine
- Vintage: Yes
- Brand: Unbranded
- Type: Pendant
- Department: Women
- Era: Victorian (1837-1901)
- Pendant/Locket Type: Photo
- Style: Locket
- Base Metal: Sterling Silver
- Original/Reproduction: Original