Victorian Gold Gild Natural Carnelian LARGE Heart Brooch Pin
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Gold tone setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* Carnelian is smooth and gleaming with no chips or surface wear, faceting is crisp.
* Clasp is secure and original.
Length 1 3/4"
Width 1 3/4"
Mark No mark
Weight 16 grams
Material Alloy (does not test for silver or gold content), natural carnelian
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Chubby heart design is unqiue for its full size and use of natural carnelian.
* Carnelian charmingly selected for its vibrant red hue and lovely strped patterning.
* Although this piece has a full silhouette, it has a modest thickness and lays flush when worn.
On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.
On Victorian. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria's taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid.