Victorian 10k Gold Chain Figa Pendant Necklace


10K Rose Gold Chain, 14K Pendant
17 grams
Pendant - 2" x 1/2" Chain - 20" long
14K, 585

An antique 10k chain necklace with a bone figa pendant.
The chain is a flat link longuard made in rose gold. The links are double planks alternated with the curb link sections.
The figa pendant has a 14k gold cap on the top and a ring around the “wrist”.
“Figa” – properly called the “mano fico” – is originally an Italian hand gesture that is often used to ward off bad luck or to protect against the evil eye. A figa pendant is believed to have protective and magical properties. Also, a vintage figa pendant is considered a symbol of fertility, strength, and positivity. It can vary in design, with some depicting the hand gesture more explicitly and others incorporating additional elements such as gemstones or other symbols.



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    About Victorian Jewelry

    Victorian jewelry, dating from 1837 to 1901, takes its name from Queen Victoria, who reigned during this period. Her influence was pivotal in shaping the jewelry styles of the era, leaving a lasting impact on the designs and trends that emerged.

    To navigate in such a vast period, historians divide it into following parts:

    • The Early Victorian or Romantic
    • The Middle of Grand Victorian
    • The Late or Aesthetic Victorian Era

    Different materials, gemstones and technics belong specifically to each section of the era. Some styles though remained in favor longer than during one period. For instance, hair jewelry made its way from Romantic through Grand period. Snake and animal motifs were also in demand throughout the era.

    Early Victorian jewelry

    As to the Queen influence, Romantic Period jewelry had well pronounced sentimental vibes. It was the time when young Queen Victoria was in love with her husband, Prince Albert. And the whole nation admired their relationship. Cameos, matching brooches, miniature portraits and lockets reflected the likeness of loved ones. After Albert’s passing in 1861, the Early Victorian Period ended, and The Grand era began.

    Grand Victorian jewelry

    After the incandescent bulb invention in 1870s, diamond jewelry started thriving like never before. Diamonds, being placed under the electric light, revealed their dazzling nature and looked truly fascinating.

    Besides Victorian diamond jewelry, mourning jewelry massively gained its popularity, reflecting the Queen grieving state after Albert’s passing.

    Opulence and larger scale prevailed in the Grand Victorian jewels style. It was the time of booming economy, and makers picked up the trend.

    Late Victorian

    The Late Victorian jewelry makers stepped away from creating massive, heavy pieces. Women lifestyle changed towards independency. They got involved in new activities such as bicycling and tennis. To keep up with the new clientele’s needs, Late Victorian pieces were lighter and more wearable. Attached safety pins became very handy and this element is the era’s design feature.

    Tiffany & Co. introduced their first solitaire diamond engagement ring during the Late Victorian time. Etruscan and Egyptian revival, along with the Oriental motifs kept being popular. Another typical style for the period was a choker necklace.

    The Aesthetic period and the whole Victorian era ended with the Queen Victoria’s passing in 1901.

    See our selection of the Victorian jewelry for sale here.