Esprit dove pendant, that symbolized the Christian holy ghost during the era. A floral looking bow serves as the elaborate bale from which the bird swings and dangles freely.
This piece is thin with a delicate look but is still a nice size and striking silhouette. Carefully placed marcasites gives this late Victorian pendant some glimmer. This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection. The silver has a bright patina without any dents and a modest amount of surface wear. The marcasites are all intact, they dont have any chipping and there is very little surface wear.
There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. Period Late Victorian / Edwardian. (if the piece is not marked it is tested for silver content).Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you dont know what youre looking for. Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day societys collective memory. To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece in a bygone era. 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. When Prince Albert passed away in 1861, his death sent Victoria into a deep depression, and she mourned him for the remaining forty years of her life. Movement in jewelry is an indicator of a higher end piece, as it demonstrates that the designer considered how the jewelry would look and feel when it was actually worn.
For example, high-end pieces often adjust to different necklines or wrists for comfort and a seamless look. Other times, movement is strategically incorporated for gemstones to catch the light or to enhance the sparkle of a certain gemstone cut. _gsrx_vers_837 GS 7.0.15 (837). The item "Antique French Victorian Sterling Silver St.Esprit Bird Bow Marcasite Pendant" is in sale since Thursday, May 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants".
The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.