This Victorian-era Etruscan Revival gold fill book chain, circa 1880’s, features a pattern of repeating geometric shapes. The alternating squares and rectangles contain a dot and floral motif against a background of delicate lines. The book chain necklace was a popular style of chain during the Victorian-era, made of rectangular folds of flattened metal that are reminiscent of books. The hollow links, which are elaborately locked together by the rectangular shapes, are specific to book chains. This chain features a spring ring and dog clasp, and is the perfect chain for lockets or pendants.
Etruscan Revival jewelry has a rich and interesting history. In the early 1800’s there was a large excavation of Etruscan tombs outside of Rome. Within these tombs were pieces of original Etruscan jewelry. The Etruscans were master artisans, they created breathtaking pieces of jewelry through their use of gold wire and beading, colored gemstones and glass. The news of the excavation of these tombs, and the treasures contained inside them, spread throughout Europe. Etruscan style jewelry captured the imagination of the public and soon jewelers were intrigued by the designs. Etruscan revival jewelry rose to popularity with the people of the Victorian era. Inspired by the Etruscans, jewelers implemented the use of wirework, beading, filigree and granulation.
The chain weighs 27.3 grams and is 20 inches long. It is pictured here with an Etruscan Revival locket that is also available through Kirsten’s Corner.