c1890 Victorian 9ct Gold Spider Web Pendant on 9ct Gold Chain


This Spider pendant is a rare example of extraordinary Victorian workmanship, in near perfect condition.

This adorable piece dates from around 1890 in the late Victorian period and is decorated with an aquamarine abdomen & a garnet thorax. It is intricately designed with delicate 9ct gold wiring depicting the web with the spider sitting within a gold circle in the centre of the web.

The Victorian Era spanned Queen Victoria's rule of England from 1837 until 1901. During this time, a middle class began to emerge, sparking a demand for jewellery in the mass market. The era is usually divided into several subsections: the Romantic Period from 1837 to 1861, the Grand Period from 1861 to 1880, and the Aesthetic Period from 1880 to 1901. Gem-set butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, bees and flies along with enamel pieces were all popular during the Aesthetic period when it was considered bad taste to wear diamonds during daylight hours and women wore much more delicate pieces so as not make a show of their wealth.

Pendant Diameter: 2.5cm (1 inch)
Chain Length: 40.5cm (16 inches)
Weight: 2.5g