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 said to be very fond of the stone, 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.
Crafted in 15 karat yellow gold, this oval pendant has a celestial themed face, with beautiful gold work and a star motif at its center. A bright diamond is surrounded by Persian turquoise cabochon stones, forming a pleasing little galaxy. It has a locket back with an antique photograph of a rather stern lady. She wears a severe black bowed bonnet and a stiff lace collar, typical garb for a Victorian widow. Perhaps once worn as a mourning piece, or a gift from the lady in the picture, we will never know, but it's fascinating to contemplate nevertheless!
Dimensions: 1.25" x .75"
Weight: 6.97 grams
Materials: Gold, Persian Turquoise, Diamond, Photo under glass
Metal: 15K yellow gold
Condition: Very good antique condition commensurate with age and wear