Condition: excellent condition - (more info on our condition scale)
Country of origin:Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Belgian origin.
Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from themiddle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveaustyle have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. - See also: Victorianor more info on styles
Period: ca. 1890 - (events and facts in 1890)
Source of inspiration: Good luck tokens
Theme: Horseshoe - There is no consensus among historians as to when and by who horseshoes were first invented. What seems most plausible is that shoeing was invented by numerous armorers in different places at about the same time, and then kept as a militarysecret for a very short time - until the practice was apparently widespread. Fact is that to date they are considered to bring good-luck.
Material: 18k red gold and silver, see also: The silver on gold technique - (more info on precious metals)
Diamonds:25 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Precious stones:23 carre cut rubies (lab produced) (also called verneuil ruby). The fact that these stones are lab produced has no influence on the value of this jewel. Natural rubies and lab produced rubies were both used in this era, rather more for their effect than for their intrinsic value. - (more info on precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and ruby for July. - (more info on birthstones)
Hallmarks: No trace. - (more info on hallmarks)
Dimensions: horse shoe 1,77 cm (0,70 inch) x 1,78 cm (0,70 inch), total length 8,10 cm (3,19 inch)