Golden luck

Victorian Gold & Pearl horseshoe Bangle, circa 1900

Horseshoes bring luck! Our ancestors already knew this association and therefore enjoyed this lucky bangle made of gold and shimmering natural pearls. Probably made in the years before the turn of the last century, the bracelet was once a romantic gift, as it was presented in Victorian England as a pledge of love. By the way, in former times the horseshoe was mostly worn with the opening downwards, whereas today it is mostly shown with the opening upwards so that - so the widespread belief - no luck can fall out. In the Victorian age, however, exactly the opposite was assumed: One wanted to prevent luck from flying away with the horseshoe or to achieve that it would flow out of the horseshoe to its wearer. The attached page from the catalogue of the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company, from the years around 1900, shows us a selection of bangles with a horseshoe motif, executed in gold and pearls, which helps us to date the present ring. The piece is in very good condition and would make a lovely gift to a loved one.

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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.