Lady Clara had spent the past 12 months in full mourning. This morning her lady’s maid kindly reminded her she could begin to incorporate a tiny bit of color into her usual black bombazine wardrobe. Half mourning was to commence and continue until the two year mark. Although her heart still hurt from the parting of her beloved Mr. Benjamin, she was glad to add a bit of color to her daily routine. Undoubtedly, she desired to attend social events in town again, aching for companionship. She traveled to Jay’s on Regent Street to customize her next mourning dress, they were the best, after all. So carefully she chose her jewelry, with just the right amount of white, and her fabrics, with shades of gray and lavender.
Handcrafted with 46 smooth spherical agate beads, this silver clasped necklace is a wonderful piece! I used to come across beads like this more often, but they are becoming a rare find. Necklaces like this gorgeous hand carved strand of black, white and brown banded agate beads were often worn during late the mourning period when a woman could incorporate white into her all black wardrobe. The long strand of graduated beads measure 9.4 mm in diameter at the back and increase in size up to 19.5 mm in diameter at the front of the strand. This necklace weighs 105.9 grams and is 22.5 inches in length. The clasp has been acid tested as sterling silver, but we couldn’t quite get to enough of the chain that they are strung on to test the metal, it might be brass, it might be gold, I suspect it is a later re-stringing which was done after 1900. This beautiful strand is in good shape, with only a very few small dings from it’s over 150 years of life.
Victorian mourning jewelry was worn by both men and women after the loss of a loved one. Queen Victoria lost her Prince Albert when she was merely 42 and stayed in mourning until her death nearly 40 years later; thus increasing the popularity of mourning jewelry, as well as memorial pieces.
Hunting in the early 1900s wasn’t just a mans game. Women were invited to attend, and they most certainly knew how to dress for the occasion. An adventurous lady of means would ride sidesaddle on her horse, while wearing red to prevent any shots from coming her way. This woman would have known that thematic accessories were also required, such as a hunting-inspired bracelet to accent her black riding hat.
This beautifully hand crafted antique Austrian bracelet features a design inspired from the love of hunting. It was made in Austria, around 1900, in silver. It has a hefty feel at 35.0 grams and 7.75 inches of length. Each hunting motif link is round and 18.8 mm in diameter. Every piece is different from the others as there are eight charms in total, consisting of a dog, a deer, a quail, a wolf, a duck, a boar, a hare, and a raptor. It is marked with the silver content mark, ‘800’ and the maker’s mark reads, ‘BAS’.
This bracelet is a wonderful quality made piece. It’s not just for hunting anymore, but it would make a fabulous gift!
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Just like people, this wonderful garnet pendant was made to be seen by candlelight. Can't you just see it, gleaming deep red to match your cabernet as you sit with friends, eating and drinking in the soft glow? Contrasted with its rich gold frames, it is dark and earthy and mysterious, just what you need to play the modern day Gypsy.
Hand crafted in England around 1870, this pendant is formed in 15 karat gold. Two smiling golden snakes form a heart surround for a large oval cabochon garnet. The center garnet measures 17.6 x 12.7 x 4.6 mm and weighs approximately 10.83 carats, the pendant is further set with two deep cabochon garnets which add up to 3.61 carats for a total of 14.44 carats. The pendant weighs 11.3 grams and is marked with a plaque on back that reads '15CT'. The pendant measures 76.3 mm north to south and 28.8 mm across.
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It slipped up her arm when she raised them both into the air while twirling around the dance floor. It slipped down when she moved her arms back into place, still swirling to the melody. It kept beat with the music as her body swayed, her hair swung, and her feet moved. It looked content over the shoulders of a good looking man who asked her dance during the slow song, just sitting there, in one place, waiting until the tempo picked up again.
This antique Victorian silver bangle was handcrafted in England, around 1880 and yet it is contemporary of an accessory today as it was the day it was made. It bears a leafy flower motif that has been engraved on the shiny silver surface. It’s simple, it’s classic, it’s a necessity. This bracelet weighs 29.3 grams and is 22.5 mm in depth, it would fit a wrist of 7 inches or less. There are no marks but it has been professionally acid tested.
Dance the night away with this antique foliate bangle around your wrist.