Georgian "Sam" Love Token Necklace

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I cannot pass up a cool love token, and this one is particularly interesting: "Sam" is engraved on the front of an English sixpence coin from 1787(!). This particular face belongs to King George III, aka "Mad King George". He was best known for losing the American colonies, and by the time of his death was demented, blind and deaf. It's possible he was bipolar, and 20th century scholars have suggested he may have had a disease called Porphyria, which damages the nervous system. We've added a new oxidized sterling silver chain. 

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  • Materials: English coin with the face of King George III (Mad King George). Oxidized silver chain.
  • Age: coin was minted in 1787 but "SAM" engraving may have been later. Chain is new. 
  • Condition: good. 
  • Size: 7/8" diameter coin, 22" chain
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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About Details History

I cannot pass up a cool love token, and this one is particularly interesting: "Sam" is engraved on the front of an English sixpence coin from 1787(!). This particular face belongs to King George III, aka "Mad King George". He was best known for losing the American colonies, and by the time of his death was demented, blind and deaf. It's possible he was bipolar, and 20th century scholars have suggested he may have had a disease called Porphyria, which damages the nervous system. We've added a new oxidized sterling silver chain. 

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  • Materials: English coin with the face of King George III (Mad King George). Oxidized silver chain.
  • Age: coin was minted in 1787 but "SAM" engraving may have been later. Chain is new. 
  • Condition: good. 
  • Size: 7/8" diameter coin, 22" chain
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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