Victorian Revival Necklace

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This necklace features a tasseled Victorian Revival pendant, c. 1940, on a brass foxtail chain with crystal beads for added sparkle, taille d' epargne black enameling, and handwoven chainmaille accents.

Details and Materials

  • necklace is 21-23" in length
  • brass foxtail chain, jump rings and lobster clasp
  • pendant is 2" long (to end of tassels) and 1 1/2" wide

Origin Story

Victorian revival jewelry enjoyed heightened popularity during and after World War II.  The very simple design of this focal pendant, though larger in scale than jewelry of its predecessor era, is very Victorian.  Rhinestones and other colored glass stones that had been manufactured by countries ravaged by the war, such as Germany, Austria and Czecholslovakia, were no longer available.  Jewelry designs incorporated alternative materials - such as brass and bakelite - to replace gold and rhodium, which were used in wartime manufacturing.  Seed pearls, semi-precious colored stones and plastics manufactured in the U.S., largely Rhode Island, replaced rhinestones from Eastern Europe and faux pearls from Japan.