Grapes and vine leaves were a recurrent theme, drawing inspiration from the gold jewellery of the ancient world. The fashion for sets of seed pearl jewellery continued through the Victorian era. This example has an intricate and complex construction. Gold wires provide the framework, and the seed pearls are attached with horsehair or silk.


  • Title: Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1845/1854
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 43.5 cm unclasped, Height: 18.5 cm fastened, Width: 17.5 cm fastened, Depth: 1 cm
  • Provenance: Cory Bequest
  • Medium: Coloured gold, pearls

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