Can you use an a hand? A beautifully ornate sterling silver Victorian hand necklace pendant, with lovely cuff detail, a ring on her index finger, and holding a small orb between her thumb and index finger.
- description -
The lightly brushed and oxidized solid sterling silver hand is detailed on both sides with a large ornate attached bail that features a pear in the center. The bail opening measures almost 1/4" (9mm x 5mm) and will likely accommodate most any chain. It looks wonderful suspended from a rustic and wrinkled ribbon, available here in pitch (photo 5) or slate blue (photo six), one yard so that you can decide whether you'd like to wear it short and tied with a bow or or nice and long.
- symbolism -
Hands were popular symbols in sentimental Victorian jewellery/jewelry, often symbolic of loyalty, strength, romance and fidelity.
The hand is the tool of tools. It represents strength, power and protection. It's also symbolic of loyalty, strength, romance, generosity, hospitality and stability. Historically, the hand has been and continues to be symbolic of greeting and friendship.
For centuries, the shape of the pear has represented the female form in the art world, and has been symbolic of femininity and fruitfulness.
In many cultures, the pear is a symbol of affection, inner peace, comfort, longevity and the Chinese believe it to be symbolic of immortality.
The hand with its ornate cuff is typical of the Victorian era but we haven't been able to positively date it. We have borrowed it from history and reproduced it in sterling silver to share with you.
- approximate hand measurement - 1 1/4" x 3/8" (31mm x 10mm)
- metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- photographed next to an old US dime for scale
- the rolo chain is sold separately here. It's shown oxidized but also available in shiny silver and in a variety of lengths.
- find the sterling silver drawn cable chain shown in photos 8 and 9 here.
Impressed with history!
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