Pure Victoriana and their obsession with the natural world is embodied in the form of this jewel. Everywhere you looked, people were poking into dirt, gazing at snails and birds for weeks (or months) at a time, and learning about the flora and fauna around them.
That tendency carried over into jewelry in a big way and so many of our most charming antique animal, insect and plant related jewels date from the mid to the later 19th century.
We're mad about this darling natural Persian pavé turquoise lizard or salamander. His is realistically modeled in vermeil (gold over silver), his (or her) body dotted with cabochon turquoise and with two garnet colored paste eyes. Love those feel and the reticulated tail.
Even his underside is textured to resemble the skin of this most curious of amphibians.
He is currently a brooch but we are considering converting him to a pendant. Head up or down? Free conversion with purchase. Pure 1860s whimsy and wildlife. The original C clasp and tube hinge still remains.