Before the invention of the wrist watch, Victorian women would wear their hunter case watches as a necklace, adding ornate, engraved pieces to the chain. Thus, slide jewelry was born!

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Composed of a “starter” chain with various gemstone “slides” added to it, Victorian slide jewelry allowed women to customize to their liking, much like the charm bracelets of today.834_large

Common slides included stick pin heads, tiny lockets, buttons, and loosened gemstones. The diversity of pieces contributed to the unique and fascinating beauty of each piece.

Certain slides had certain meanings – a fan for flirtation, a rose for passion, bows for devotion, a wreath for faith, a glove for loyalty, an orb for wisdom.

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