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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Victorian jewellery is rich in sentimental symbolism, used for mourning, love and friendship. Turquoise was used in profusion in jewellery of the 19th century. The bright blue colour echoed forget-me-nots, which signified true love in the language of flowers used in sentimental jewellery. It was a popular gift to bridesmaids, often in the form of turquoise doves. In 1840, Queen Victoria gave her twelve bridesmaids turquoise brooches in the shape of a Coburg eagle, a reference to Prince Albert's family.

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  • Title: Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1820/1830
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 39 cm unclasped, Height: 2.4 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm, Diameter: 15 cm approx.
  • Provenance: Cory Bequest
  • Medium: Gold, <i>pavé</i>-set turquoises and half pearls

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