The Late Georgian Shield Necklace

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The Late Georgian Shield Necklace

2,700.00

Metal: 15K Gold & Sterling Silver

Size: Shield Measures 1.5" x 1.5" / Shield Drop 2.4"

Chain: 17" Long

Stone: Rose Cut Diamond

Era: 1800

What You Should Know: All diamonds are foil backed. Shield may have originally been a Georgian brooch and was converted in the Victorian Era. 

 

Welcome to the Era of the Drama King.

Although, the Georgian Era was named for the reign of the four English Kings, George I, II, III, and IV, the evolution of jewelry craftsmanship ebbed and flowed with the political drama raging through the rest of Europe; the French Revolution in 1789, followed by Napoleon’s conquest of Europe (Spoiler Alert: he lost), then back to the reinstatement of royalty.

Hence, the design, meanings, and popularity of precious stone jewelry shifted with the “changing of the guard” and designs symbolizing personal solidarity with the movement of the moment became wildly popular, particularly in the form of the Shield.  Flowers designs and Diamonds were also an integral part of the Georgian era, however diamonds did lose their appropriateness in wear in the middle of the Georgian Era, in fact becoming downright dangerous, due to that whole French revolution “let them eat cake” thing (showing wealth was literally a one-way ticket to the guillotine). Not to worry though, as a diamonds appeal lasts forever, it wasn’t long before they became a hit show and tell item once again, and were wildly sought after by the masses in jewelry design.

Towards the end of the Georgian Era it was highly fashionable, among the elite, to refashion pieces into the au courant designs of the moment which sets the stage for this exquisite late, Georgian era beauty, as this piece was mostly likely refashioned from a brooch into this stunning necklace. The combination of the shield shape, intricate flower design, and incredible rose-cut diamonds, symbolizing love and commitment, make this beauty a powerhouse modern day emblem for drop the drama at door and reign on.

 

 

 

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