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Victorian Floriography Locket

FERN MADNESS! Pteridomania (pterido = Latin for "fern") was a short-lived Victorian craze. Pteridomania is generally considered a British eccentricity, but while it lasted, fern madness invaded all aspects of Victorian life. This was the heyday of the amateur naturalist - people were obsessed with hunting and gathering the rarest specimens, and it was essential to have a glass terrarium in your house to display and protect your finds. Ferns and fern motifs appeared everywhere; in homes, gardens, art, literature, and as we see here, jewelry.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    2 1/2" length including the bale, 1 1/2" width

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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