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Etruscan Revival  - Victorian Gold Filled Pearl Slide Chain. This wonderful Victorian slide chain is crafted from yellow gold fill. Featuring one genuine seed pearl,Victorian era styling, and quality craftsmanship. The slide on this chain is oval shaped , and star-set with a beautiful silvery grey pearl. The slide is designed in an Etruscan revival style and displays exquisite detail. The slide slides smoothly and sits perfectly where it is placed on the chain. The chain is a substantial antique curb design, which is meant to be worn long. This Victorian era chain is so versatile, and fashionable. Truly a piece o be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come.

History: Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. So precious were the spherical gems that in the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar passed a law limiting the wearing of pearls only to the ruling classes.

The history of gold-filled jewellery traces back to early 19th century England, where this technique was patented to create semi-precious and better-quality custom jewellery during the Victorian Era.

The Victorian slide chain/bracelet was a fashion accessory formerly worn by many women in nineteenth century England. Before the creation of the wrist watch, Victorian women wore their time piece on a neck chain that stayed in place with a decorative station that supported the watch (just under it).

In the history of the United Kingdom and the British Empire, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. 


Measurements: Chain 33"    

Stone Size: Pearl 1.50 mm 

Weight: 19.90 grams 

Condition: Excellent  

Origin: England 

Date: Circa 1880 




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