Know somebody just recently bitten by the antique jewelry bug? Go for a classic collector’s piece; something that’s obviously from the olden days that can act as both adornment and conversation starter.
The watch fob
A relic of yesteryear, watch fobs are large charms used to counter the weight of a man’s pocket watch, when worn with an Albert chain (photo) on a vest. Today, we co-opt these neat pieces as pendants. The come in all sorts of cool shapes, and look great on a longer chain. Often, each side of the fob has a separate design; it’s like you get two pieces in one!
The snake ring
Snake jewelry hasn’t been out of style since ancient Egypt, but the Victorians really took it to the next level. Queen Victoria herself received an emerald set snake ring from Prince Albert as her engagement ring. A symbol of eternity, wisdom, and fidelity, a snake ring is one of the most recognizable pieces of Victorian jewelry out there.
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