Gemstones: Ceylon Sapphire & Diamonds
Cut: Oval Cushion Cut Sapphire, Old Mine Cut & Rose Cut Diamonds
Weight & Colour: Ceylon Sapphire = 5.68ct (No evidence of heat treatment)
9 Old Mine Cut Diamonds = 1.00ct, G - H / SI - P1
6 Rose Cut Diamonds = 0.04ct
Material: 15ct Yellow Gold & Silver
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A Victorian sapphire and diamond cluster pendant. The oval cut sapphire is claw set in 15ct yellow gold and silver within a border of eight old mine cut diamonds, suspended from a bale pavé set with an old mine cut diamond and six small rose cut diamonds. The Sapphire weighs 5.68ct and has no evidence of heat treatment. The nine old mine cut diamonds total 1.00ct and are graded Colour: G to H and Clarity: SI to P1 while the six rose cut diamonds total 0.04ct. Circa 1890.
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.