Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection. Gold setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear, no dents. Bale is secure and original. Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special story.By design and construction, piece was likely worn as a watch charm originally. A lady design is uncommon and portrait is on both sides which is a special feature. Petite in size, yet dimensional and well made, piece has a featherlight weight and feel in your hand. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time periods, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era.
Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond.Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. Taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. _gsrx_vers_1326 GS 8.4.1 (1326). This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.