Surviving examples of Georgian jewelry are rare as many of the original designs were melted down and the stones reused when the piece was deemed too “old-fashioned.” This sweet trio of intaglio agate fobs dates from the Late Georgian (1820-1835) era! A fob is an adornment that hangs from the chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate and add weight to the watch chain itself, making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket. Intaglio is the technique of carving an image in relief in a stone (as opposed to a cameo where the image is raised). These fobs show so many sweet tiny details in their carvings - a grand sailboat (this was perhaps worn by a sailor), a bee (the bee was often symbolic of one who is industrious, hardworking and loyal) and scriptwriting that says "entre vous" (meaning "between us" in French). The symbolism implies that a hard-working sailor who was out to sea wore this fob on his watch chain and every time he checked the time, he would have a sweet remembrance of his beloved. I can see it now! Gold encases these dimensional fobs that have exceptional hand-chased scroll detailing on the sides. Patina and wear are consistent with age. The jump ring is newer but still vintage. A wonderful late Georgian piece, intaglio fobs are very collectible, and these are particularly stunning.
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.
|About this item
Please note this charm is sold without a chain. If you'd like it on one of our chains, please select one in the drop down and we will assemble it for you. If you'd like to see full length shots of the various chain styles, head over here.
|Notes About This Collection
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.
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