This necklace was made in the late Victorian period and has stylistic design motifs of Victorian jewelry design with the use of the black jet or French jet, Art Nouveau design which utilizes naturalistic motifs such as plants and animals and true Arts and Crafts design as seen in the central motif of the lizards forming a heart shape with at its center a mythical horse. In Victorian and Art Nouveau art and design, the salamander or lizard represents passionate love and a flaming heart. It was believed that these animals could survive fire. The horse at the center most likely represents strength.
This necklace features a large central pendant. The pendant consists of a floral motif brass grillwork at the top. This brass piece suspends two large black jet multi dimensional diamond shaped beads, two faceted oval shaped jet beads and two long detailed brass bar links. These elements suspend the central heart shaped element formed from the lizards. From this element, two small and two medium faceted jet beads connect a very beautiful pane or tile of clear double sided etched glass with fluted scrollwork design motifs.
This long pendant is hung on an intricate brass bar chain ornamented with tiny diamond shapes. Four faceted jet beads punctuate this chain. The necklace secures with the original clasp which is a locking tongue push release barrel clasp.
Color: Brass, Black, Clear
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition
Length of Chain: 17" / 43cm
Length of Pendant: 4.75" / 12cm
Width of Pendant (At Widest Point) : 2 1/8" / 5.5cm
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