Religion was an important aspect of Victorian life. In fact, church building increased to an amount not seen since the Middle Ages. There was also a large growth in the number of religious denominations. Wearing a cross pendant was a common accoutrement during this time. It expressed faith and style, a favorite among both men and women. As fashion changed and necklines lowered, so did the popularity of pendants just like this one.
This antique Victorian silver and carnelian cross was handcrafted in England around 1890. It’s a simple design with a red carnelian cross set in silver on a 26-inch chain. The pendant measures 57 x 27 x 6.2 mm. This necklace weighs 10.6 grams and has been acid tested.
This wonderful carnelian cross pendant belongs around your neck this coming Sunday morning (or a Saturday or a Tuesday...)!
When the Victorians invented the collar and locket as the de rigor daywear for women, they were really onto something. This timeless design has become quite the classic, it is wearable in a myriad of ways and goes with everything. If you’re looking for that one jewel to take along a journey that you know you can wear night or day, dress up or down, look no further than a collar and locket set just like this one.
This wonderful hand crafted collar and locket is beautifully engraved on one side and stunningly simple on the other. You can wear it so many ways, engraved side out or smooth side out, with or without the locket, any way you wear it, it’s guaranteed to garner compliments. It was made in England in about 1880 and the collar is 17.5 inches long, the larger links measure 20 x 9 mm and the locket measures 63.4 x 38.6 mm. This beauty has no hallmarks but has been carefully acid tested as sterling silver, it weighs 62.8 grams. The locket opens easily and closes with a satisfying little snap.
For that steampunk Victorian lover in your soul, this locket feels contemporary and antique all at once!
The silences aren't uncomfortable, you talk without words. He knows when to reach over and hold your hand or when to crack a bad joke, just to make you grin. The ultimate symbol of unending love, fidelity and strength, the buckle ring is essential for every ring collection. This warm and wonderful version is simple and full of grace.
This manly sized buckle ring would make a fantastic wedding band, it’s full of history and very stylish to boot. This hand crafted ring was most likely made in England around 1880-1900, it has no hallmarks and tests as sterling silver, with gold wash accents around the top and bottom of the band and at the buckle. The ring would comfortably fit a size 10.75-11 finger and measures 11.6 mm north to south, it narrows very slightly to 9.9 mm at the back of the band. This ring weighs 9.7 grams. Certainly this ring was made for a man, but the right woman could easily pull it off!
To the Victorians, an anchor was a symbol of hope and steadfastness. Husbands would go off to sea as wives stood waving goodbye in the salty air of the harbor; they wore anchor motifs as a sentiment that they would see each other again. They would trust this idea and would hold enduring love, despite distance and danger. The anchor was also mentioned in a beautiful bible verse, Hebrews 6:19, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and secure, and which enters into that within the veil.” This was likely the origination of the symbol, but of course, an anchor is logically a resource for ensuring safety, for holding steady, and for sound reliance.
This fantastic Anchor brooch has the added Victorian sentiment of the ivy leaf, a symbol of love, used as ‘I cling to thee’. The sterling silver anchor has pink and yellow gold washed leaves and tips for added visual interest. This wonderful piece measures 43.5 mm north to south and 22.7 mm across at the widest point, it weighs 2.7 grams. We’d be happy to convert this lovely brooch to a pendant upon request. The pin is marked to the reverse with the hallmarks showing that it was made in Birmingham, England in 1890, it also has a makers mark.
Sail away with this fantastic sea-themed anchor jewel. No need to be by the water to wear it, anywhere with a glass of wine and a sunset will do.
When Queen Victoria's Royal Court followed her to Scotland and Barlmoral Castle, the demand for Scottish jewelry in all forms flourished. The witches heart, with a tail that almost always twists to the right, had become a popular and very romantic motif in Scotland in the 17th century. Made to ward off witches and evil spirits, it was sold from small stalls or locked booths and is sometimes also called a 'Luckenbooth'. By the time this wonderful brooch was made during the Victorian era, these brooches were being given as betrothal pieces, often shown with the hearts intertwined, the message was that the receiver had ‘bewitched’ the giver!
This wonderful brooch was hand crafted in about 1880, it is beautifully detailed with blue, white, red and green enamel to the front. This piece is unmarked but tests as sterling silver. It was likely made in England. The brooch measures 40.3 mm north to south and 29.9 mm across and weighs 9.8 grams.