Georgian Cupid Natural Pearl LocketIrene Byrne & Co
This romantic Georgian locket features one of the most exquisite hand painted portraits of cupid. Dating, circa 1800 it is embellished with natural pearls set in sterling silver and 9ct rose gold. Pearls were a symbol of wealth and were only worn by the aristocratic and wealthy. The Georgians placed an emphasis on the craftsmanship of jewellery, and the beauty of this piece is in its detail and workmanship.
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Design Period: Georgian
Gemstones: Natural Pearls
Material: 9ct Rose Gold and Sterling Silver
Locket: Hand painted miniature of a cherub
Measurements: 46.00 x 24.00 mm
Georgian Period (1714 - 1837):
Spanning more than 100 years, the Georgian period was named after the four Kings who resided on the throne of England during this time; King George I, King George II, King George III and King George IV.
In Georgian times, jewellery was considered a decadence only the rich were able to afford. Parures (sets of matching jewellery) were popular as were sentimental pieces such as miniature painted portraits, “lover’s eyes” (a pendant sized painting of a loved one’s eye) and memento mori rings. Rose Cut diamonds along with point-cuts, table cuts, old mine cuts and single cuts defined the look and style of the jewellery produced in this period. Gemstones had foil backs to enhance their hue and were set in high carat gold and silver.