Persian turquoise was very popular among Victorians. It was brought to Europe via Turkey, and called “Pierre Turquoise” (Turkish Stone) by the French. It is harder than American turquoise, and has a pure blue color with no matrix, which was desirable in the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria was very fond of the stone, gifting her bridesmaids with pieces which included it, which added to its popularity. In many cultures, it is said to bring protection, health, prosperity and love. Some wear it to ward off the Evil Eye.
The symbol of the cross has been a popular choice for jewelry wearers for centuries, and the religiously pious Victorians are no exception. This cross pendant is made of Persian turquoise and seed pearls, and set in silver with a gold wash on the reverse. Five tiny cabochon turquoise stones form the petals to flower motifs with a seed pearl at each center. The five petaled flowers were representations of the pansy, which, in the Victorian Language of Flowers, means "Remember Me". Usually given as a token of friendship and love, it was a favorite in jewelry motifs during the era, often given as gifts. A visually arresting pendant, sure to become a focal point in your collection!
Dimensions: 1 1/4"
Weight: 4.4 grams
Materials: Silver, Turquoise, Seed Pearl
Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear