Spring has sprung
Victorian Pendant / Brooch in Gold, Peridot & Pearls, Great Britain circa 1900
A spring day in London at the turn of the last century: Like the eagerly awaited spring after a grey winter, the economic success of the united kingdom inspires hope for a carefree future. The Empire is at the height of its power in these years, Queen Victoria has been crowned Empress of India, and new treasures arrive daily in great merchant ships from the rich colonies to the capital on the Thames. The first warm days have attracted crowds of walkers to the parks of England's capital. In Hyde Park, for example, the air is filled with the scent of flowers and flowering trees. Chestnuts and lime trees are unfurling their first leaves and fresh greenery glows in the spring sunshine. As if the incomparable greenery of spring were captured in stone, the two peridots in this pendant brooch radiate from this very exciting time. Their materials are quintessentially British: coloured gemstones, creamy white natural pearls and warmly gleaming gold were the most popular materials on the island at the turn of the 20th century. In the years around 1900, green peridot was particularly popular, as it was considered the favourite stone of the legendary last pharaoh Cleopatra. And since the peridot mines in the land on the Nile were only available to the English in those years, it is not surprising that peridots appear especially in jewelry of those years. Here now, peridots and pearls are united in a graceful arrangement. Tendrils of gold and pearls frame the gemstones, revealing the influence of Art Nouveau. A pin on the back allows the piece to be worn as a brooch. A pendant loop, also set with pearls, can be easily removed by means of a hook suspension, so that the piece of jewellery can also be effectively hung in a pearl necklace. A pretty piece of late Victorian England
The jewel is made of the typical British alloy of fifteen-carat gold (equivalent to a fineness of 625/000). We encounter this alloy in many pieces of Victorian and Edwardian jewellery, but it was only used until 1932, after which its use was banned.
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