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Victorian Jewelry:VJ169

RICH TREASURE OF THE SEA ( Victorian Tortoiseshell Jewelry Necklace & Pendant ): I have become more and more enamored with Victorian Tortoiseshell jewelry. The versatility of tortoiseshell, its rich colors and the ease with which it could be worked all helped to make it one of the most popular sought-after materials to come from the sea. This grand necklace with matching pendant is lightweight and made into a large-scale piece of jewelry to complement the fashions of the day. (c. 1850-70) The pendant portion has 3 levels and a ball edging. The top layer (the carved initials, possibly “CRM”) has a wonderful variation of color & surface carving. The chain is also tortoiseshell with links that alternate between flat oval and “D” shaped – most unusual! The connecting large link holding the pendant is lovely. The links are large and polished to a high sheen. The original hook and eye closure still in place although one side of the chain is a few links shorter than the other. When fastened behind your neck the chain looks perfect and lays flat. The back of the pendant shows the layered front piece has been riveted in place. I am a “green and brown” girl, so tortoiseshell is easy to love. A bold look that can look chic for dress or casual. Condition: Excellent. No chips or cracks. Size: Pendant 3 3/4” long, 2 1/4” wide, 5/8” deep. Chain 18 1/2” long – both the flat and raised links 1” long.

 

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