Antique Arts & Crafts Enamel Fuchsia Flower Pendant

The fuchsia plant was first recorded by the French botanist and missionary, Father Charlies Plumier on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, in the late 1600s. It was called the fuchsia triphylla, named after the famous German botanist, Leonhard Fuchs. Plumier took the seeds back to England and soon, other fuchsia species were discovered, and hybridization began. The fuchsia plant’s popularity peaked during the Victorian Era and its motif can be found on all sorts of jewelry, like this silver necklace. The head gardeners of large houses would grow pillars to line long driveways with fuchsia plants. In 1866, one such gardener grew a fuchsia plant that reached ten feet high and five feet across.

This antique silver Arts and Crafts enamel fuchsia flower pendant was handcrafted in England around 1905. It’s a beautiful piece in shades of blue and green with silver drops. It weighs 8.8 grams and measures 63 x 51.5 mm. It bears no marks and has been acid tested.

Fuchsias are closely related to the genus “circaea” and the two lineages diverged around 41 million years ago. Fuchsia flowers symbolize confiding love.

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Item ID: PT1117267V



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