Darling, don't forget mine!
Romantic bracelet with turquoises in red gold, England circa 1900
Isn't it beautiful when pieces of jewellery tell little stories and convey a special meaning through their gemstones? Because since the beginning of jewellery history, gemstones have not only been precious and pretty material, but they have also always been associated with special meanings. In the Revelation of John, for example, the gates of the heavenly city of Jerusalem are made of very specific gemstones, and in classical antiquity the various precious stones were assigned to the individual gods of Olympus. Here, the pearl was the gemstone of Venus, the goddess of love, and the iridescent opals were considered the tears of joy of Zeus, the father of the gods. The 19th century then introduced a romantic element into these horizons of meaning with a "gemstone language", in which different sentiments and emotions were also assigned to the different colours of the stones. Persian turquoise, with its light blue colour, lent itself particularly well to being a bearer of meaning. Its colour reminded the people of the 19th century of the blossoms of the forget-me-not and in this literal function it was also to become the setting of pieces of jewellery, as in this English bracelet of the years around 1900 made of 15-carat gold. No fewer than five oval cabochon-cut turquoises are set in warmly glowing chain links. The bracelet was certainly once a romantic gift. A safety chain prevents the bracelet from being lost. The piece of jewellery, which we discovered for you in London, is well preserved and seems to whisper softly and lovingly today, as it did then: "Don't forget my...!". For dating, see the attached illustration from the sales catalogue of the London Goldschmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, 112 Regent Street, London, 1901, illustrated in Peter Hinks (ed.): Victorian Jewellery, Hildesheim/Zurich/New York 1996, p. 37.
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