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Mid Victorian Dove of Peace Négligée Necklace


Symbolism in jewelry was by no means an invention of the Victorian age, however, the Victorians has a veritable obsession with hidden meaning and this period in history saw a dramatic expansion on the existing motifs previous centuries. In addition to the serpents, moons, wheat, etc of the past, they added a language of flowers, as well as a language of gems (acrostic jewelry), and imbued a vast array of fauna with sentiment. This exquisitely rendered dove with a flower in its beak was employed as a symbol of a few different things, it could mean love and fidelity, peace, or it could be a representation of the Holy Spirit. This dove is also a slide which allows you to adjust the length on this négligée style necklace.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 3 2.5mm garnets

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    can be worn at varying lengths - maximum length is 16.5", dove and olive branch measure 1 1/8" x 1 1/4", 5/8" pendants

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