Victorian 18ct Gold Pietra Dura Pendant
Victorian 18ct Gold Pietra Dura Pendant Victorian 18ct Gold Pietra Dura Pendant

  • Specifications
  • Description
  • History
  • Circa: Victorian
    Gemstone: Pietra Dura Hardstone
    Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
    Measures 38.10 x 28.45 mm

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  • A Victorian pietra dura pendant. The oval shaped pendant is inlayed with fragments of white and green coloured hard stones set into a black hard stone in the centre. It is framed within a finely decorated 18ct yellow gold border. It depicts white roses which was the symbol of purity and faith in Victorian times. It measures 38.10 x 28.45 mm.

    Pietra Dura is the art of precisely carving hard and semi-hard stones and then inlaying them in specifically cut sections on another hard stone in a mosaic which usually depicted a type of flower. It was a technique which originated from Florence, Italy at the end of the 16th century.

  • Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):

    The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.

It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.

The Grand era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.

The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.