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Victorian Grand Tour Fist Pendant

$1,250

In Ancient Rome, a branch of coral worn around the neck was believed to shield the wearer from harm. Similarly, the Ancient Greeks thought that coral could reverse the ill effects of poisoning and evil spells. Coral, one of the most valuable of the organic gemstones, has been regarded as a sacred gem with talismanic properties across many cultures and even more centuries. In the mid 19th century, Italian jewelry-carvers used the gem as a medium to create cameos and miniatures like this coral fist as souvenirs for upper class Brits to buy while on the Grand Tour.

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  • Materials

    18k gold fittings (tests), carved coral, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - natural inclusions and pits within the coral, originally the fist would have gripped a ring with small charms

  • Size

    1 1/4" length including the bale, 1/2" at the widest point, 16" chain

Victorian

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VictorianEra

18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Coral& the Grand Tour

Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.