Victorian 18kt Carved Bog Oak + Diamond Cross Pendant
Bog oak jewelry (also known as "bogwood") is a fossilized wood, generally originating from Ireland. It was used in jewelry production during the mid-Victorian period, in both carved and molded forms. Its naturally dark appearance made it an ideal material for mourning jewelry, though it was also commonly used in Irish crafts featuring traditional Gaelic motifs. Unlike jet, which is a petrified material dating back to prehistoric eras, Bog oak was a more affordable and accessible alternative. In the modern day, original Victorian Bog oak jewelry remains desirable among antique collectors!
This Bog oak pendant is a wonderful example of Irish mourning jewelry from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! Carved from a single piece of bog oak, the piece forms the shape of a cross, and is detailed with brilliant gold accents and a single diamond at the center. The bog wood has a deep brown color and matte finish, and hand carved ribbed details provide rich surface texture throughout. The cross is capped at each point in 18kt gold and beaming from the center is a dramatic gold burst. Symmetrically riveted into the surface are small gold beads, which give the pendant a unique multi-textured appeal. Set in the center, atop a flat, flower-shaped motif, is an old European Cut diamond which weighs approximately 0.20ct, resting slightly higher than the surface. The pendant hangs from a complimentary hinged bail at the top and is stamped with an "18K" gold purity mark. The combination of the dark Bog oak paired with the rosy yellow gold is absolutely stunning and the piece makes a dramatic statement when worn. A very special piece from the Victorian era, this wonderful cross would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: The cross hangs approximately 1 3/4" long, and measures 1" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the cross pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved bog oak surface or to the gold accents and bail. The diamond is securely set and intact.