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Victorian pendant brooch with peridot, rubies & pearls in gold, Great Britain circa 1900

Contrary to all preconceptions, the Victorian era was not at all gray or dark, but extremely colorful. Walls were covered with patterned wallpaper, colorful cashmere shawls were worn, and the introduction of chemical dyes in the mid-19th century led to the emergence of new, hitherto unseen shades in clothing fashion. Shades such as "Electric Blue" or "Scarlet Red" moved the Victorian fashion world. The love of color went so far that, in order to create a particularly luminous green, people resorted to arsenic, which until then had only been known as a poison - until they finally became aware of the health risks. A much healthier and everyday way to wear color is presented by this piece of jewelry from the late Victorian period. Set in its center is a peridot of bright grass-green color, flanked by two contrasting red rubies, so that the gemstones increase in color effect. Around this arrangement, tendrils of gold set with natural pearls unfold. Since intense yellow gold tones were highly prized, but gold alloys at the time usually had a slight red cast, the solid gold jewelry also has a layer of fine gold on top, which makes it shine even brighter. The small jewel is made of 15-karat gold, an alloy that was used in Great Britain only until 1932. Dating back to around 1900, the pendant that found its way to us from London is in excellent condition. We have fitted it with a matching gold chain so that it can be worn again immediately.

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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.