It’s no secret that many people love Victorian Horse Jewelry. The Victorians really loved their horses, and it shows in the jewelry from that era. So many horses, lovingly rendered in the finest gold, with gems for eyes: these are truly lovely, one of a kind pieces of jewelry.
One thing that many people don’t know is that the Victorians loved anything they considered exotic. Back in those days, that meant many people were fascinated with the Far East. Another big point of interest was Egypt. In those days, archeology was an infant science. People were fascinated by the tales of new discoveries beneath the sands. It was an age of exploration and excitement. People were fascinated with the wealth and glamor of the pharoahs.
Part of that wealth was the Pharoah’s horses. That’s why we see the motif come up time and time again. This locket pin pendant is a particularly fine example. We love the patina on this piece: there’s a lustre that only old gold gets, and this show exquisitely here. It’s yellow gold on the front and rose gold on the back. The detail in the carving is amazing: look at the flowing manes on each of the horses. You can almost imagine how they’d look, streaming out against the desert sky as they run across the sand.
Other common motifs in Egyptian-influenced Victorian jewelry include pyramids, many of the Egyptian gods, and cats. You can build a beautiful collection of horse jewelry searching for Egyptian-themed Victorian pieces (and don’t overlook other eras – jewelers have had a great time using Eqyptian motifs in their work!) Look for gold horse pendants, gold horse brooches, and gold horse pins: these are great pieces to start a new collection.
Egyptian horse jewelry has many fans. If you don’t have any Egyptian horse jewelry, now is a great time to add some to your collection!