From as early as the 16th century until World War I, when the wrist watch became popular, one would carry their timepiece on chains or ribbon, tucked into a pocket or attached to a belt or chatelaine. Marie Antoinette even had a pocket watch that was attached to a blue silk ribbon which was intertwined with diamonds…oooh to see that long lost piece of history!
Watch chains were weighted and dressed up with charms called “fobs” and they could be merely decorative or functional. Many were designed to be used to stamp wax seals with the wearer’s personal monogram or family crest.
I love working with these bits of history and most of the pieces in my collection date to Victorian times. Combined and connected together, they form a beautiful and wearable way to carry a piece history with you as you go about your day. What interesting stories these pieces from the past could tell!
My newest designs have been listed on my website today and if you share my passion for true antique jewelry, please come see these treasures HERE. Merci mon amies ~ xoxo Joy