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Necklace

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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The chain is composed of eight groups of seven and one group of ten rosette shaped links enamelled in black between cloisons. Plain twisted gold wire links connect the rosettes. Interspaced between the groups of rosette links, are nine rectangular oblong links in gold enamelled white and painted in Roman capitals UBI AMOR IBI FIDES.

Because of the nature of the inscription on the chain, it is likely that it was a wedding present. Jewellery was part of the many presents given to the future bride and as many of the gifts it could be inscribed with the initials of the new couple, with their family coats of arms or, like here, with amorous mottos.

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Details

  • Title: Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1535/1544
  • Location: Italy
  • Provenance: Given by Dame Joan Evans
  • Medium: Gold, enamelled in black and white

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