Guard Chain Megamix with Ruby Ouroboros Split Ring

$325.00
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For sale is a 54" rolled gold belcher chain made c. 1890. It's nice and thick and weighty, although it's not solid gold - "rolled gold" was a Victorian way of saying "gold fill" or "gold plate".  But the thick gold layer is the burnished rose color that we know and love from the 1800s. We've piled on three fantastic charms and one brooch that's masquerading as a charm.

THIS LISTING IS ONLY FOR THE CHAIN, NO CHARMS.

Follow these links to buy the other components separately:

Ruby-eyed ouroboros split ring (made by our friends at @circa1700).

Memento Mori Skull Amulet (Black)

Diamond Dust Hourglass Necklace

Reversible Italian Wax Seal: "Friendship"

Georgian Coiled Snake Mourning Brooch with Pearls and Rubies

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  • Materials: 9ct rolled gold.
  • Age: c. 1890
  • Condition: very good. 
  • Size: 54".
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our store in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  

 

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I've been thinking a lot about the word "comemmorate" and how it relates to jewelry. It seems that when we collect charms, we're using a jewel to partner ("co") with a memory, triggering this memory over and over when we wear/see/touch the jewel. Miriam-Webster's dictionary says: When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers").  

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About Details Inspiration

For sale is a 54" rolled gold belcher chain made c. 1890. It's nice and thick and weighty, although it's not solid gold - "rolled gold" was a Victorian way of saying "gold fill" or "gold plate".  But the thick gold layer is the burnished rose color that we know and love from the 1800s. We've piled on three fantastic charms and one brooch that's masquerading as a charm.

THIS LISTING IS ONLY FOR THE CHAIN, NO CHARMS.

Follow these links to buy the other components separately:

Ruby-eyed ouroboros split ring (made by our friends at @circa1700).

Memento Mori Skull Amulet (Black)

Diamond Dust Hourglass Necklace

Reversible Italian Wax Seal: "Friendship"

Georgian Coiled Snake Mourning Brooch with Pearls and Rubies

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  • Materials: 9ct rolled gold.
  • Age: c. 1890
  • Condition: very good. 
  • Size: 54".
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our store in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  

 

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more

I've been thinking a lot about the word "comemmorate" and how it relates to jewelry. It seems that when we collect charms, we're using a jewel to partner ("co") with a memory, triggering this memory over and over when we wear/see/touch the jewel. Miriam-Webster's dictionary says: When you remember something, you are mindful of it. It's appropriate, therefore, that "commemorate" and other related memory-associated words (including "memorable," "memorial," "remember," and "memory" itself) come from the Latin root memor, meaning "mindful." Some distant older relatives are Old English "gemimor" ("well-known"), Greek mermēra ("care"), and Sanskrit "smarati" ("he remembers").  

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