Antique Victorian Era Handcrafted Aventurine Beaded Necklace
Antique Handcrafted Victorian Era (c.1837-1901) aventurine beaded necklace. The necklace features individual natural aventurine square shaped beads securely attached to intricately woven leather-like cord & silver tone hook clasp.
Measurements: 17’ inches
Weight: 22 grams
The necklace is in very good antique condition with signs of wear to cord and silver metal clasp due to age. Natural variation in aventurine quartz stones.
The necklace is not signed
History: Aventurine is a part of the quartz gemstone variety. It is known for its shimmering translucent mineral inclusions. The name ‘aventurine’ originates from the Italian word ‘ a ventura’, which means ‘by chance’. The origins of this name comes from the natural quartz stone resembling glittering glass due to its ‘aventurescence’. The stone was named ‘aventurine’ after a sparkling green glass that closely resembled the quartz was accidentally created. During the 1700’s, A Venetian factory worker accidentally dropped metal scraps into melting glass, and the aftermath was a iridescent sparking green glass that was used to make jewelry. Therefore, people believed it was ‘by chance’ that the stone greatly resembled the green glass and named it after this . Most green hues of aventurine originates from India, while other color variations are commonly found in Chile, Spain, & Russia.
The Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) was named after Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted from 1837-1901 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the second longest ruling monarch. There are three periods within the Victorian Jewelry Era: The Romantic Era (1837-60), The Grand Era (1861-1880), and the Aesthetic Era (1880-1901). Popular designs included the famous ‘mourning jewelry’ period within the Grand Era. The ‘Mourning’ Grand Era began after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away. Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning stage while consistently wearing all black attire & jewelry. Mourning Jewelry was common in both the U.K and the U.S. Common jewelry characteristics within this period included black & gold enamel, monogrammed personal accessories, memorial sentimental jewelry such as strands of a deceased loved one’s hair or photograph. Common materials used were jet, onyx, gold, and glass. The last period within the Victorian Era was the Aesthetic Era, which emphasized Queen Victoria’s optimism and looking forward to brighter days.