Archaeological revival was very popular in the second half of the 19th century. It was a time when numerous sites were being excavated in Europe and the areas where great cultures had thrived, like the Romans, the Greeks and the Egyptians. It was the perfect moment when jewelry making was expanding and great craftspeople were emerging . Where were they looking for inspiration, why the past, of course.
"That period was a high point for craftsmanship and gold work, but just as interesting is the way this elaborate style fit with the fashions of the time.Victorian women piled it on. With all those layers of clothing, they had more places to attach and drape things than we do today – including their elaborately pinned and piled hair."* And why not? The industrial revolution had freed women from much of the drudgery of house work and many now occupied themselves with fashion and fashion accessories.
This sweet enamel pendant with turquoise enamel, a North star at the center and an openwork Greek Key gold brim is one such example.
Materials and Features:
- Turquoise enamel
- Rose-cut diamond
- 9k gold
Age/Origin: English. Victorian, archaeological revival
- Weight: 7.2 g
- Dimensions: 1" [width]
Condition: There is a small imperfection the turquoise enamel surface. The center star, with a pearl and diamonds, is securely-set and without visible wear. The interior surface has signs of solder.
Please view and inspect our photos closely, as they are considered part of the condition report. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.