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Necklace

Unknown1835/1845

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

This necklace looks forward to the naturalistic jewellery that was to become very fashionable in the mid- to late 19th century. The greenish tint to the leaves is an example of the colouring of gold. In this process, different metals are added to pure gold to give an alloy of varying shades and hardness. The matt surface of the leaves was achieved by stippling with a sharp metal point.

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Details

  • Title: Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1835/1845
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 6 cm central unit, Height: 24 cm whole object, Width: 21.5 cm whole object
  • Provenance: Cory Bequest
  • Medium: Coloured gold and pearls

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