Exquisite, pearl encrusted, Victorian swallow pendant necklace
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 jewelry is the deep symbolism and sentimentality rendered in its designs. Aside from charm, ageless beauty, and nostalgic value, Victorian jewelry 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 perhaps epitomizes the influence of Romanticism in Victorian jewelry. Swallows mate for life, which showed one's love for their sweetheart, especially when given as a gift.