As this is a Victorian 14 carat gold crescent moon, set with natural emeralds, it is important to understand the meaning of this a shape in the Victorian era.
The Victorians were terribly romantic and as such, much of their jewellery had hidden but specific meanings. The crescent moon represented spirituality. But it was also a glorification of the Feminine Moon Goddess, which led to the hint of a “new relationship”. By setting it in emeralds, a further message was implied. Emeralds were the sacred stone of the goddess Venus who could preserve love. And as emeralds also symbolized hope, this simple crescent moon packed a huge message.
Although the mark is indecipherable, it has been tested as 14 carat gold. It is 1 ¼ inches wide and 5.6 mm. deep. The emeralds are 4.5 mm. Originally, this piece was a brooch which I had altered to a pendant. My intention was to have the moon hang on the side of a necklace, so that it could straddle both strands of emeralds. Small brooches tend to get lost, whereas a pendant grows in stature.
I have used beautifully faceted, natural Columbian emeralds which are graduated in size, from the larges at 6.5 mm to the smallest at 2.8 mm. Emeralds are the birthstone for May, but frankly, look good at anytime.
It has been designed as a two -strand necklace with the moon on the side of the necklace, while small 18 carat gold planets are interspersed with the emeralds.
These vintage gold, handmade beads, at 6.7 mm, were made in Afghanistan, using their traditional technique. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
The necklace has a 14carat gold toggle clasp. Toggle clasps are easy to use and quite secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace measures 20 ½ inches long.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai
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