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18K Victorian Gold Lion Rampant Charm


Almost as if taken directly from a carved intaglio, this bas relief lion rampant charm stands as a symbol of bravery. There are crisp details carved into the 18k gold, with lines along the bottom in a similar fashion as found in intaglios. The lion sticks out his tongue in a roar, standing tall in the rampant position. This is an image commonly found in heraldry to represent courage, nobility, royalty, strength, and valor. It is the perfect charm to add to your collection of talisman, and it looks beautiful alone on a chain or stacked on a charm bracelet. 

Originally a Victorian era stickpin, this piece was recently converted into a pendant—preserving its timelessness but also allowing it to be worn as a fashionable charm. Stickpins rose to prominence in the Victorian era. In the early and mid-1800s, it was customary for upperclass men to wear them to secure their ties and cravats. Pins were also worn on the lapels of coats, and incorporated into hats. Eventually, women took interest in wearing stickpins and began using them on scarves, and the style and function of these items continued to evolve over time. As you wear this adorable charm, don’t forget its rich history!

The 18k gold of this piece has a beautiful hue. The charm is 1/2” x 1/2”, not including the bail. The bail is 14k gold and 6mm across. The charm weighs 1.6 grams. 

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