Exquisite, pearl encrusted, Victorian swallow pendant necklace (PB-2229-N)
Design code: PB-2229-N
Handcrafted in sterling silver with individually and painstakingly hand set seed pearls.
Dimensions: (of the pendant) 3.2 cms long (including the pearl drop) and 5.8 cms at the widest. Total necklace length is 17" long (with a 'lobster hook' back closure) and an additional 1.5" extension chain.
A fascinating aspect of Victorian jewellery is the deep symbolism and sentimentality rendered in its designs. Aside from charm, ageless beauty and nostalgic value, Victorian jewellery pieces, more often than not, contained a hidden meaning/message/story through the choice of material, shape, types of gemstones used, as well as their arrangement.
The swallow bird perhaps epitomizes the influence of Romanticism in Victorian jewellery. Swallows mate for life, which showed ones love for their sweetheart, especially when given as a gift.