Victorian shell pendant/brooch and earring set, circa 1880


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Beautifully shaped iridescent shells were incorporated into Archaeological Revival and naturalistic styles in the mid to late 19th century by English and Australian jewellers.

This rare set of 15-carat gold earrings and a pendant/brooch is in fine condition, remarkable given the fragility of the shells. And the gold retains that soft, slightly matte finish typical of the time.

The imaginative design marries the sharp angularity of the gold work with the soft curved shell shapes. A real pearl and gold filigree bud in the centre of each shell is a charming detail.

The earring fittings have been changed from hooks to posts at some time in the past. This does not affect the value or wearability.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Set with four shells and four natural pearls
• Pendant/brooch approximately 5cm tall and 5cm wide, earrings are 3.6cm long and 2.35cm wide
• Pendant weight is 14.4 grams, earrings 8.3 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the antique gold chains are for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about them

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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