Edwardian Iron Horseshoe Charm with Garnet and Pearl

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Horseshoes are one of the oldest and well-known symbols of luck in the Western world. It may not be the crescent shape but the mystical metal itself (iron) that works to protect the wearer. After all, the ancients revered iron as the only metal that could withstand fire. As the material of weaponry, it was considered fearsome and protective at the same time. Pliny the Elder wrote that iron nails hammered into the doorway of a home would guard against night spirits. In Arab mythology, the demons known as Jinn could be exorcised by merely speaking the word "iron". Here's an unusual  Edwardian horseshoe charm made of - you guessed it - iron. 🐎 A pearl and garnet cabochon (on reverse sides) dress it up a bit. We've added a new gold chain to match the gold bezel and findings.  

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  • Materials: iron, 2.5mm garnet and seed pearl, fittings test as 10k gold. New 14k gold chain. 
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: horseshoe is 1/2". chain is 18". 
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History

Horseshoes are one of the oldest and well-known symbols of luck in the Western world. It may not be the crescent shape but the mystical metal itself (iron) that works to protect the wearer. After all, the ancients revered iron as the only metal that could withstand fire. As the material of weaponry, it was considered fearsome and protective at the same time. Pliny the Elder wrote that iron nails hammered into the doorway of a home would guard against night spirits. In Arab mythology, the demons known as Jinn could be exorcised by merely speaking the word "iron". Here's an unusual  Edwardian horseshoe charm made of - you guessed it - iron. 🐎 A pearl and garnet cabochon (on reverse sides) dress it up a bit. We've added a new gold chain to match the gold bezel and findings.  

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  • Materials: iron, 2.5mm garnet and seed pearl, fittings test as 10k gold. New 14k gold chain. 
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: horseshoe is 1/2". chain is 18". 
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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