19th Century French Dog and Flower Barrel Clasp Necklace

About Details History
This Belle Èpoque hexagonal barrel clasp is rendered in 18k rose gold with three enamel panels depicting a spotted hound dog, a pansy, and a tulip. Being a product of the 19th century, a period famous for its use of symbolism to express hidden feeling, naturally each image has a special meaning. The dog represents loyalty; the tulip, a declaration of love; and the pansy asks the wearer of this piece to think of the giver. The groove into which you insert the tongue of the clasp is fashioned in an "X" shape, this allows for four different orientations of the clasp (meaning that it enables you to choose which panel you would like to face outward). We have added a 17.5" length of 14k gold chain to make this special clasp the ornament of this necklace.

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  • Materials: 18k rose gold and enamel barrel clasp, new 14k gold chain
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent - French gold assay hallmark on the tongue
  • Size: 1" including the bales, 17.5" cable chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History
This Belle Èpoque hexagonal barrel clasp is rendered in 18k rose gold with three enamel panels depicting a spotted hound dog, a pansy, and a tulip. Being a product of the 19th century, a period famous for its use of symbolism to express hidden feeling, naturally each image has a special meaning. The dog represents loyalty; the tulip, a declaration of love; and the pansy asks the wearer of this piece to think of the giver. The groove into which you insert the tongue of the clasp is fashioned in an "X" shape, this allows for four different orientations of the clasp (meaning that it enables you to choose which panel you would like to face outward). We have added a 17.5" length of 14k gold chain to make this special clasp the ornament of this necklace.

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  • Materials: 18k rose gold and enamel barrel clasp, new 14k gold chain
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent - French gold assay hallmark on the tongue
  • Size: 1" including the bales, 17.5" cable chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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