Albert watch chains were very popular in the 19th century; Queen Victoria’s husband was particularly keen on them - hence the name. They had a toggle bar on one end (which attached the chain to a vest buttonhole) with a swivel dog clip clasp (attached to the watch) on the other end. The chain would have been worn exposed and often had a decorative fob (to add weight to the chain itself, making it easier to pull the watch from a vest pocket). The type of chain links varied in style (curb, belcher, rope, fancy, engraved, etc). Nowadays, it's become super popular to repurpose Albert chains as necklaces (if you're lucky enough to find one that's long enough). Here is an exceptional 14kt ornate chain from the Late Victorian era. It has alternating circle and square small links while the larger oval links have ornate engraving detail. The chain itself is hollow but super solid. There is a small triangle of jump rings, perfect for asymmetrically hanging additional charms from. It fastens in the back with two swivel dog clip clasps. The long length is super collectible. It shows patina and wear consistent with age (there are some small dents on the toggle bar).
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Ariel Gordon Jewelry, we’re so proud to introduce Heritage by Ariel Gordon, a collection of vintage and estate jewelry curated by Ariel to bring new life to these treasured pieces.
“It felt inspiring and motivating to me to stop for a moment and reflect on all the different reasons that people have worn jewelry throughout the years - the heritage of the industry that I'm a part of. I get a lot of satisfaction thinking about the sustainable life cycle of jewelry and that I'm bringing new life to old pieces. I design my own collection to live forever and be heirlooms so it's so exciting that I'm getting to honor these pieces in the same way. It's a fantasy of mine that 100 years from now, someone will discover one of my pieces, and it would have the same special meaning to them—with the stories and memories it's collected over the years.”
To curate this assortment, Ariel scoured trade shows, flea markets, private collections, and beyond to find authentic, one of a kind jewelry. Every piece in the collection was purchased by Gordon in person so she could fully vet the quality and authenticity.
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The entirety of the Heritage by Ariel Gordon Collection has been inspected by a 3rd generation, GIA-certified Estate Jewelry dealer so we feel confident about the pieces that we are passing on to you. Every piece here has survived generations and we are so excited that they are finding a new home with you. Please keep in mind that these heirlooms are sold as-is and will show wear consistent with their age. We believe that this wear isn't a defect, rather it's proof that the piece was worn with love in generations past. We will describe any notable wear or damage as accurately as possible and to the best of our ability. We are only selling pieces that we've determined are in wearable condition. That being said, please know that jewelry in general is fragile, especially antique jewelry and should be handled with extra care. We will assess all repair requests on Heritage pieces on a case by case basis.
We know that shopping online for estate pieces can be intimidating, which is why we will accept returns on our Heritage pieces (with limited terms). Due to the one-of-a kind nature of these pieces, you can return it within 5 days of receipt of the item with a $25 restocking fee.
If you're unsure about anything, please reach out to us via our concierge portal with any specific questions about this item.