Victorian Gold Fob Lapis


14k Yellow Gold
21.3 grams
5 1/4" x 3/4"

An amazing Victorian 14k gold fob features lapis.

This Antique piece is consisted of three oval flat links, a fob part, and a lobster clasp closure.

The links are open-work. Each link comprises a frame decorated with a beautiful filigree pattern. Six polished gold diagonal lines are staged inside the frame. There is an oval lapis lazuli disk bezel set between the links. The fob features lapis and has the same oval link element staged vertically inside.

The fob was intended to be attached to a watch chain. Today it can be styled as a pendant by putting it on a wire or a chain necklace.


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    About lapis lazuli jewelry

    Lapis lazuli is easy to recognize because of a distinct combo of a deep blue color and gold flecks. This semi-precious gemstone has been in use since antiquity. It’s considered one of the oldest gems in history as it’s 6,500 years old. Being a base for ultramarine color, lapis had a crucial meaning for the Renaissance and Baroque artists. For instance, a famous bright blue scarf of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring was painted by using ultramarine. Today an amazing color of lapis remains in favor among jewelry designers and their clients. 

    Lapis contains such minerals as lazurite, pyrite and calcite. The sulfur content of lazurite provides the blue color. The gold specks come from pyrite inclusions. The color palette of the gem varies from deep purple and royal blue to turquoise and even greenish blue. Quality of the rock measures by content of blue lazurite along with golden color iron pyrites. 

    The most common cuts for lapis are cabochon or beads. Inlays are widely used for lapis cufflinks and bracelets. Cartier’s and Webb’s greatest hits have been made of lapis within the history of the brands. 

    About Victorian jewelry

    Victorian jewelry is dated from 1837 to 1901. The era’s name was inherited from Queen Victoria who reigned during that time. Her significant input shaped the jewelry style of that time.

    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 were popular specifically for each era. Some styles though remained in favor longer than during just one period. For instance, hair jewelry made its way through Romantic to 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.