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Victorian Turquoise Cross Pendant

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Price: $75.00
Member Price: $67.50

Item# 80-020387 







Description

A gold pendant cross in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum was originally a gift from William, 6th Duke of Devonshire (British, 17901858) to Anne, Lady Hunloke (British, 17881872). The pendant is in a style that was fashionable about 1830, using turquoise, possibly from Russia, diamonds, and cannetille (rolled and twisted) gold. Our ornate cross design is based on this striking Victorian pendant.

Produced in cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

18K gold overlay, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and reconstituted turquoise. Hook-and-eye closure. 18''L; cross: 1 1/2''L.

  • 18K gold overlay, with reconstituted turquoise
  • Hook-and-eye closure
  • 18''L; cross: 1 1/2''L

Art History

Turquoise was used in profusion in jewelry of the nineteenth century. Its bright blue color echoed forget-me-nots, which signified true love in the language of flowers used in sentimental jewelry. The stone was a popular gift to bridesmaids, often in the form of turquoise doves. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave her twelve bridesmaids turquoise brooches in the shape of a Coburg eagle, a reference to Prince Alberts family.

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Description

A gold pendant cross in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum was originally a gift from William, 6th Duke of Devonshire (British, 17901858) to Anne, Lady Hunloke (British, 17881872). The pendant is in a style that was fashionable about 1830, using turquoise, possibly from Russia, diamonds, and cannetille (rolled and twisted) gold. Our ornate cross design is based on this striking Victorian pendant.

Produced in cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

18K gold overlay, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and reconstituted turquoise. Hook-and-eye closure. 18''L; cross: 1 1/2''L.





  • 18K gold overlay, with reconstituted turquoise
  • Hook-and-eye closure
  • 18''L; cross: 1 1/2''L




Art History

Turquoise was used in profusion in jewelry of the nineteenth century. Its bright blue color echoed forget-me-nots, which signified true love in the language of flowers used in sentimental jewelry. The stone was a popular gift to bridesmaids, often in the form of turquoise doves. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave her twelve bridesmaids turquoise brooches in the shape of a Coburg eagle, a reference to Prince Alberts family.


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