Victorian_15ct_Horseshoe_Earrings antique horseshoe earrings

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  • History
  • A RARE pair of 'lucky' Victorian ruby and diamond horseshoe earrings. These rare beauties have had a long, symbolic history dating as far back as the 9th century. They each feature 7 stones - a lucky cultural, religious and grouping number (traditional horseshoes having 7 nails, the world being created in 6 days and on the 7th day God rested, 7 colours in a rainbow etc.)

    Also considered lucky because of its crescent shape, linked to the worship of the moon in many cultures as well as traditionally being made of iron and used to protect a house by stopping evil spirits entering. This pair has the rounded part at the bottom, which in the British Isles was associated to a cup, holding in luck. 

    The horseshoe motif is a classic symbol still used today and their rarity as a pair of earrings, having stayed together for over 140 years without one being lost or converted into another form of jewellery such as two rings are hard to come by today.

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  • Circa: Victorian
    Gemstone: Ruby & Diamond
    Cut: Old Cut Diamonds
    Weight & Colour: Rubies 8 = 0.60ct, measuring 2.30 to 2.50 mm
    6 Diamonds = 0.15ct
    Material: 15ct Yellow Gold
    Ian Abeshouse Valuation 

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  • 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.