Comes a bird flown

Wide Victorian silver necklace with medallion pendant, England circa 1880

This piece of British silver jewellery, which we discovered for you in London, is magnificent and nostalgic: A large photo medallion is centrally located on a decorative, elaborate chain of leaf-shaped forged links whose surfaces are decorated with fine engravings. Its oval front is adorned all around with an engraved leaf wreath. In the center of the lid there is also a sentimental depiction as an elaborate saw work: a small bird has settled here on a branch and stretches its beak towards the sky. Birds had romantic connotations in Victorian England and were known as lovebirds. They were considered messengers of love, and were popularly given as gifts of love in jewellery form. They were a pledge of caring love and were supposed to assure the recipient of the gift of the everlasting affection of the giver, at the same time they were a promise of commitment. The back of the medallion shows an engraved bouquet of flowers. Inside the hinged locket, pictures, curls, letters or other mementos of loved ones can be safely tucked away. The necklace and matching locket were made in the 1880s. The amount of precious silver alone, more than 60 grams, that was used for this piece of jewellery shows the importance that mementos had almost 140 years ago. Fortunately for us today, this piece of jewellery has lost none of its appeal!

The 19th century, with its numerous upheavals and social upheavals, also with a focus on the family, produced a great variety of jewellery designs, the craftsmanship of which we look back on with admiration today. Especially jewellery with compartments for portraits or curls of loved ones were jewels typical of the Biedermeier culture of remembrance; they were pledges of interpersonal affection and family ties.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.