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Handmade of gold-filled yellow gold, and is 18 1/2 inches long. Each link with in the chain looks like a small book, which is why it is called a book chain. This necklace is set with a hand carved Cameo which is prong set in the front design which is also the clasp. The circa date is 1880 on this necklace.
Victorian Book Chain Jewelry
Antique jewelry lovers will find book chain necklaces charming. The elegant book chain design was a popular Victorian jewelry design choice for styles such as lockets, cameos and all chain necklaces. The gold links are hand stamped to form the design.
Book chain style necklaces refer to a design involving a chain with links that are shaped like books. This design emerged during the Victorian era and was popular through the Edwardian period.
When most people think of book chain jewelry, they consider it a Victorian style. Victorian book chain jewelry designs were elegant and included some of the most intricate artistic details on each book link such as engraved filigrees and scrollwork. Necklaces and bracelets were the most common forms of jewelry featuring book chain.
Victorian book chain style necklaces designs included:
• Cameo necklaces
• Locket necklaces
• Necklaces with gem stone pendant designs
This is in condition and strong to wear with an insured value as of April 2012 is $1300.00