Gemstone: Green Tourmaline & Pearl
Cut: Cushion Cut Tourmaline
Weight & Colour: Green Tourmaline, Very Good Clarity, 11.7 x 8.5 x 4.2mm = 3.00ct
20 Natural Half-Pearls
Material: 15ct Yellow Gold
Cluster = 38mm length x 16mm width
36.5mm length necklace
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A Victorian green tourmaline & pearl cluster pendant in 15ct yellow gold. Set with a cushion-cut green tourmaline within a border of 16 natural half pearls below a line of 4 natural half pearls on a 15ct gold fine link neck chain. The Green Tourmaline weighs an estimated 3.00ct and is of very good clarity. Handmade. Circa 1900.
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.