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Victorian Carved Sardonyx Horseshoe Necklace


The term "sardonyx" originates from the ancient Greek word "sardonux" (σαρδόνυξ), which is a combination of "sard" (σάρδιος), a reddish-brown chalcedony, and "onyx" (ὄνυξ), which means "fingernail" or "claw". They thought this layered stone resembled a fingernail and fingertip. Usually it was employed in cameos, and this is a totally novel use for it.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), sardonyx, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    1 1/8" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain

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