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Necklace with birds' heads

Width: 200.000 mm

M&ME 1993,2-5,1

Necklace with birds' heads

From: London, England
Date: AD 1865-70

This necklace actually uses real heads of hummingbirds as decoration. The necklace was made in London but the birds came from South America. Jewellers in the 19th century liked to make special jewellery from unusual materials to show other people how clever they were at their craft. This jeweller, called Harry Emanuel, has used emerald green and vibrant red feathers from birds’ heads, turned them upside down and set them into gold mounts.

Jewellery like this was very fragile which means that it could break easily, so not many objects made like this are still around today.