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.
For me it began with the box. I spotted it closed inside a dealers case one Sunday morning at the Horticultural Hall show in London. At first, because it was closed, I thought she was just selling the box, but upon inquiry she smiled and pulled it out of the case. She handed it to me and explained that she had just purchased it and hadn't had time to get it out. When I opened the box I was immediately smitten. Inside was this stunning bangle, perfect and original.
The style and workmanship of this bangle and it's box are simply top-notch. The bangle features an array of 17 perfectly color matched rosy pink pearls set in a very Classical design with 2 side pearls set into eight pointed stars. The balance and feel of this bangle are just perfection. The box is just the icing on this cake, done in rich royal blue velvet and silk and marked with the name of the retailer 'Goldsmith's Alliance Limited. Cornhill, London. It is completely hand made in leather with gold embossing and was clearly made to fit this bangle, which has benefited by being kept in excellent condition.
It is Mid-Victorian and was made around 1870. It is most certainly English although it bears no marks. It tests as 18 karat gold and weighs 26.5 grams out of the box. It is on the smaller side and would fit a wrist up to 7 inches around, but no more. Is a fantastic bangle which shows the highest quality of workmanship. A truly important piece of jewelry worthy of the most discerning collector!
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Watching Victoria, Poldark or Downton Abbey might make you think that living in the Victorian era would be glamorous. It may make you want to wander the streets of London in corsets and layered dresses amidst horse drawn carriages, to attend soirees and full out balls. However, quite apart from the crime and deprivation of the time, the diseases of this period would often wipe out whole families and even villages. I have little doubt that it was something like Typhoid or Cholera which took out the two ladies listed on this sweet and touching memorial ring.
Hand crafted in about 1868, this fantastic memorial ring is set with an oval of smooth cut Sardonyx and is wrapped in finely woven hair around the band. This wide band is fully engraved on the outside and on the inside is engraved with the inscription “Hannah Crichton died 9th Novr 1868” and “Agnes Nichol Crichton died 16th Novr 1868”. This ring is a size 8.25 US and cannot be resized. This wonderful, wide band ring measures 14.2 mm north to south at the face and 12.9 mm across, it is 9.8 mm at the back of the band. This ring is not hallmarked but does bear a makers mark of ‘HC & Co’, it has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content of 15 karat gold. This ring weighs 6.7 grams.
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This lovely Victorian six stone pearl and rose-cut diamond ring was hand crafted in what was undoubtably the jewelry center of England, if not all of Europe: Birmingham. Known throughout the world as the 'City of a Thousand Trades', Birmingham's history dates back half a million years, as signs of human settlement date back to the Stone Age. But Birmingham's true growth and prosperity are owed to its metalworking industries of all kinds. Birmingham's prominence as a city bloomed under Queen Victoria, with the introduction of the railway, it became linked to Manchester and Liverpool and soon London. It was known for its small workshops and high level of skill and craftsmanship, and jewelry flowed out of Victorian Birmingham to the rest of the world. A world which, at that time, was dominated by the full power of the British empire, the largest empire in history.
This ring was made in Birmingham in the year 1900, at the height of Britain's glory. The stones are set into an 15 karat yellow gold mounting. The largest pearl is 3.3 mm across, graduating to the smallest which is 2.8 mm across. There are 4 diamonds between the pearls to give added sparkle. It has a full set of hallmarks as well as the maker's mark is 'TBR'.
The ring is currently a size 7.5, but could be resized by an experienced jeweler, it weighs 3.3 grams.
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This stunning Victorian sapphire and diamond ring was made in England, c.1880. The gorgeous square cushion cut diamond is set between two rectangular cushion cut sapphires, all beautifully claw set in a lovely rose gold 'gypsy' mounting. In excellent condition, this ring weighs 2.6 grams, bears the English hallmark for 15k gold and is currently a US size 8 though it could easily be sized up or down several sizes. This stunning sapphire and diamond ring would make the perfect gift or a very special treat for anyone who loves antique jewelry!
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I always want you to be happy with anything you purchase. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!