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Victorian Turquoise & Pearl Bow Earrings


In Western jewelry, the bow or knot has symbolized endless love and constancy as far back as 500 AD, when it was employed in Celtic rings. The sentimental Victorians loved the bow as a tidy metaphor for undying affection: it loops around itself in an eternal twist, forever and ever, never beginning and never ending. In a time when lovers were often parted for long periods, it could be a comforting metaphor for intimacy despite being apart. Think about what would happen if you pulled both ends of this bow: the further the distance, the tighter the knot. These Victorian bow earrings are fashioned in 18k gold and set with seed pearls and turquoise.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), seed pearls, 2 3mm turquoise cabochons

  • Age

    c. 1900

  • Condition

    Very good - there is a tiny loop at the base of each bow so originally these earrings would have had some sort of pendant drop

  • Size

    1/2" measured from the top of the ear wire, 5/8" width





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

Turquoise:Health, Luck and Friendship

A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb