19th Century Amulet - Victorian Silver Coin & Glass Gilt Pendant And Chain (VICP106)
19th Century Amulet - Victoria Silver Coin & Glass Gilt Pendant And Chain. This lovely pendant is crafted from silver, tested. The chain is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling. Featuring Victorian Medieval styling, and quality craftsmanship. The interesting amulet is made with a beautiful British India silver coin, which has an additional silver guilt bezel and bale. The bezel is set with a gorgeous cabochon glass gemstone, displaying a burnt orange color, simulating a carnelian. The Coin is decorated with a floral wreath on the front, and a foliage wreath on the back. The coin also has some Indian writing on the back. The pendant is solid, and has a Medieval feel to it. The chain is a box chain design, with a secure lobster claw clasp, in perfect working order. This Victorian era unisex pendant looks wonderful when worn, truly a unique conversation piece to be enjoyed for many years to come.
History: The British Raj was the period of British rule on the Indian subcontinent between 1757 and 1947, for around 200 years of British occupation. The system of governance was instituted in 1858 when the rule of the East India Company was transferred to the Crown in the person of Queen Victoria.
The story of silver mining began about 5,000 years ago. Silver was first mined around 3,000 BCE in Anatolia, now located in modern-day Turkey. The precious metal helped early civilizations in the Near East, Ancient Greece to flourish.
The term "sterling silver" probably originated in eastern Germany when five towns formed the Hanseatic League in the 1100s. These town minted their own coins of 92.5 percent silver. When Britain sold cattle and grain to the League, they were paid in "Easterling coins".
Glass has always been found in nature, but the first glass created by humans can be dated to about 4,000 years ago, when craftsmen working in Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, discovered the art of mixing sand, soda, and lime to make glass.
Measurements: Amulet Pendant 40.00 mm x 28.00 mm Chain: 18"
Stone Size: Glass Cabochon 13.00 mm x 9.00 mm
Weight: 15.00 grams
Condition: Excellent Note: Joint on bezel looks to be the seam.
Origin: Pendant : England, Sussex Chain: Italy
Date: 19th Century