Gold Filled Antique Mother of Pearl Horse Head Pendant
Gold Filled Antique Mother of Pearl Horse Head Pendant, this antique Charm is from Victorian era England. And is finished with lovely detail of a gold filled bridle.
The perfect piece of jewelry for the discerning equestrian. Comes ready to gift in a beautiful blue velvet jewelry pouch, contact us for personalized gift wrap.
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DIMENSIONS: Approximate 25mm H x 24" mm W x 4mm D
HISTORY & FACTS: Charms and Pendants can be traced back to the Neolithic Period, when pieces of bone, shell, teeth and wood were strung on leather into elaborate bracelets. Through the Bronze Age and Ancient Egypt, charms were used as amulets or talismans to ward off evil and bring good luck to the wearer.
During Georgian and Victorian times padlocks were similar to lockets in that they would hold a lock of hair or a photo behind a piece of glass in the back. These early padlocks were decorated with floral engravings with different meanings of love and romance and often were set with foiled back colored gemstones. Sentimental jewelry was a favorite during this time period and into the Victorian era and hearts were the most common shape for padlocks. Fobs with hard stone intaglios were also worn as pendants on long chains. The most beautiful fobs of this time period were designed in three colors of gold with Repoussé work and the hard stone underneath which was also a seal was often engraved with significant sayings and motifs. Iberian styles featured high karat gold pendants that were created in the shape of ornate crosses or other large statement ornamental shapes with bows and other flourishes. Some more heavily gold accented elements, and other pieces with open, yet delicate lacework, were set with multiple gemstones that included emeralds, chrysoberyl and pink topaz as the prevalent stones.
However when we think of pendant necklaces, we often think of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when different styles evoked different movements in fashion, culture and art, and ultimately the ability of the general public to wear jewelry styles once only reserved for royalty or the wealthy.