The Aesthetic Period (1855-1901) of Victorian jewelry can be defined as one of reaction against previous jewelry periods. Victorians became disillusioned with fashions and furnishings and sought a way out of the conventions of the past, moving toward a time of more refined artistic taste. The new generation of jewelry designers rejected the heavy-handed, ornate jewelry pieces favored by their predecessors. They turned to simpler shapes and motifs from nature. Novelty jewelry also became widely popular, with jewel studded creatures at the forefront. Fashionable women wanted to achieve the impression that they were a bit naughty or frivolous thus showing the world they were modern and carefree.
This darling little lizard has been crafted of 18 karat gold, and generously embellished with glittering diamonds and sapphires, then punctuated with two ruby eyes. The life-like execution of the piece will enchant you, and you won't feel a thing as she scampers up your arm and onto your collar! A wonderful, playful brooch, exemplifying the Aesthetic Period!
Dimensions: 1 5/8" long (4cm)
Weight: 3.51 grams
Materials: Gold, diamond, sapphire, ruby
Metal: 18K gold
Marks: 750; 100
Condition: Excellent antique condition