Victorian Banded Agate and Diamond Horseshoe Necklace

$950.00
About Details History

Sports-themed jewelry was de rigueur for both men and women in the Victorian era. Jewels with an equestrian theme were the most popular of all, and within this genre the horseshoe reigned supreme. Horseshoes also happen to be universally recognized as symbols of good luck, but there is some debate as to how they should be displayed. Some say that they should face with the heels up to catch luck, and others argue that they should hang heels down so the good fortune flows out. This gorgeous c. 1860 horseshoe is made in 15k yellow gold and set with 9 banded agate cabochons. One heel sparkles with two rose cut diamonds within an infinity-shaped setting.

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  • Materials: 15k yellow gold, banded agate, rose cut diamonds, new 14k chain
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Excellent - two small (but visible) repairs to the back of the pendant
  • Size: 2cm wide and 3cm tall, 18" chain
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
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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

Sports-themed jewelry was de rigueur for both men and women in the Victorian era. Jewels with an equestrian theme were the most popular of all, and within this genre the horseshoe reigned supreme. Horseshoes also happen to be universally recognized as symbols of good luck, but there is some debate as to how they should be displayed. Some say that they should face with the heels up to catch luck, and others argue that they should hang heels down so the good fortune flows out. This gorgeous c. 1860 horseshoe is made in 15k yellow gold and set with 9 banded agate cabochons. One heel sparkles with two rose cut diamonds within an infinity-shaped setting.

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  • Materials: 15k yellow gold, banded agate, rose cut diamonds, new 14k chain
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Excellent - two small (but visible) repairs to the back of the pendant
  • Size: 2cm wide and 3cm tall, 18" chain
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Nolita, New York.
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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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