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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
To be alerted when NEW ITEMS are added to the site, please e-mail jane@morninggloryantiques.com and we will be glad to add you to the contact list.
All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise.  All items are subject to prior sale.
We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information in our reference, " Jewel Chat " and gallery " Morning Glory Collects ". 
We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made. We are not responsible for the use you make of the information here or the honest mistakes that may occur from time to time.
We do not offer identification, valuation or appraisal services. 

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VICTORIAN TORTOISE JEWELRY

Victorian jewelry is as complex in it's symbolism, sentiment and design as the fashion, architecture and decor of the time. Worn as an ornament, a love token or a remembrance, both the costume and fine jewelry of the era not only completed the well-dressed lady's attire but also denoted her position in society, her marital status and her sense of self.

One of my favorite Victorian jewelry making materials is tortoise. Shaped and inlaid using heat, it is then polished leaving wonderful designs of gold and sterling stars, scallops, dots and other motifs. Tortoise is a very light weight material so even the long earrings are easy to wear. Dot and star designs are called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Some of these pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 36, and she dated them 1850-1860.
  
 

 

 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch with yellow and white gold design of swags, shields, circles and flowers, 1-5/8" wide. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé".   View    View   #V38308

VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch with inlaid gold and sterling designs, 1-1/2".   View   View  #V38367
VICTORIAN tortoise brooch collection with inlaid gold and silver designs.

VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch with inlaid gold and sterling designs, 1-1/2". Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé".    View   View  #V38367

 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch with rippled and layered shape, flowers and leaves, c-catch, 1-1/2". The gold inlay work is detailed and lovely in designs of flowers, leaf garlands and scrolls. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé".  View   View   #V37876

 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique pose earrings for pierced ears, tortoise portion 7/8" and total length with hooks 1", perfect condition. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Tortoise earrings can be seen in Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry" on page 137 and in Margaret Flowers "Victorian Jewellery" page 164.  View   #V37738

  VICTORIAN pique brooch in excellent condition with intricate inlaid silver and gold work, nicely domed, tube and c-catch on the back, 1-1/3" and 5/8" thick. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Tortoise earrings can be seen in Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry" on page 137 and in Margaret Flowers "Victorian Jewellery" page 164. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 36, where she dated them 1850-1860.  View   View   #V37751

 

 

VICTORIAN tortoise shell piqué earrings with gold and silver flowers, tendrils and leaves and gold stars, circa 1870, 2". These earrings have both piqué point and piqué posé design. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Tortoise earrings can be seen in Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry" on page 137 and in Margaret Flowers "Victorian Jewellery" page 164..   View   View   View   #V33720

 VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch intricately decorated with flowers and scallops and in excellent condition, 1-1/8". Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé".   View   View   #V34320

VICTORIAN tortoise piqué point earrings with dangling balls at either end of gold chains circa 1880. Each ball is exquisitely decorated with gold stars and silver dots, 2". Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Similar earrings can be seen in Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry" on page 137.   View   View   #V33877

 

VICTORIAN round tortoise pique brooch with detailed an delicate floral design, circa 1870, 1-5/8".   View   #V31551

VICTORIAN tortoise pique oval brooch with inlaid gold and silver floral design, circa 1870, 1-5/8".  View   View   #V29653

VICTORIAN pique pose and pique point domed tortoise shell brooch inset with yellow gold and silver in a star design, with hollow back, circa 1865, 1". See Romero's Warman's Jewelry, Edition 3, page 54.   View   #V29243

 

 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique earrings circa 1880, total length 1-1/2". These earrings have both piqué point and piqué posé design. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé".   View   View   #V35133 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique cross pendant on 9 carat yellow gold chain, in original box, pendant 2-1/8" by 1-1/2", loop 1/4", later added chain hallmarked for "JWL, 375 ( 9 carat), London and 1913" 16".  Tortoise jewelry pieces can be seen on page 201 of "Victorian Jewellery" by Michael Poynder.  View   View   View   View   #V34827  

VICTORIAN  tortoise pique earrings circa 1880, total length 1-1/4". These earrings have  piqué point design. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé".     View   #V35245            

 

 VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch, 1-1/4" by 7/8".   View   #V29946

 VICTORIAN tortoise shell with golden bows and garland design pendant with 9ct (375 9ct) marked yellow gold bail, a 2" pendant on a 15" chain.   View   View   #V29443  

VICTORIAN tortoise pique heart pendant with butterfly, flowers, leaves and scrolls, 1".  View   #V34584

 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch with gold and sterling inset floral and geometric designs circa 1870, 1-1/3". This has one of the most lovely rippled shapes I have ever seen in this type of brooch.  View   #V37398

VICTORIAN tortoise pique pose torpedo shaped earrings for pierced ears, 1-5/8" total length.  View   View   #V38011

   

VICTORIAN tortoise pique brooch with elegant tiny flowers and leaves center and geometric edging, circa 1870. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dot and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". This is 1-5/8". This is some of the finest work in tortoise that I have ever seen.   View   View  #V37092

 

VICTORIAN tortoise pique pose cross pendant on sterling chain circa 1900, cross is 2" by 1-1/4", chain marked "925" is 16-2/3" long. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Tortoise jewelry can be seen in Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry" on page 137 and in Margaret Flowers "Victorian Jewellery" page 164.   View   #V35684 VICTORIAN tortoise pique dangle earrings circa 1900, tortoise portion 1-1/3". These earrings have both piqué point and piqué posé design. Decorating tortoise was accomplished by heating, polishing and inlaying the material with precious metals. Dots and star designs were called "piqué point" and flower and geometric designs "piqué posé". Tortoise earrings can be seen in Davidov & Dawes "Victorian Jewelry" on page 137 and in Margaret Flowers "Victorian Jewellery" page 164.   View   #V35685 VICTORIAN large tortoise pique cross pendant inlaid with abalone and gold wire, circa 1900, 3-1/8" by 1-7/8" with 5/8" loop. The detail in this is really amazing.  View   #V36043

 

 

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PLEASE NOTE: Regretfully, it is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions. The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill. 
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