Perpetual Love: Victorian Rock Crystal Pendant
The Victorian Era was awash in undercurrents of sentimentality. The Victorians developed a true fascination with the representation of sentimentality. From the “language of flowers” to the acrostic “language of gemstones”, these sentimentalists literally wore their emotions on their sleeves or around their necks. The front of this pendant has been embellished with the popular Victorian monogram “AEI”. Often believed to symbolize amity, eternity and infinity, it is, in fact, a transliterated word from the Greek that means “perpetually” or “forever. Nonetheless, beautifully emblazoned in silver intertwined script, its message remains crystal clear.
For centuries rock crystal has been revered for its purity, its lucidity and its magical play of light. Here it has been transformed by 19th century jewelers into a love jewel. Clear rock crystal has been faceted and carved into a large and august pendant. It retains is original silver bale as well.
Condition: Excellent with original silver bale. Reverse shows patina to the “AEI” as white and gold tones not visible from the front. The photos artificially maximize the patina.
Measurements: 2-1/8 inches (5.3 cm) in length including bale, 1-5/8 inches (4.1 cm) without by 1-1/8 inches (3 cm) in width by 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) deep.
Date: Circa 1870