A portrait of the Lion of Saint Mark in vibrant hand painted enamel on 18 karat yellow gold. The Lion of Saint Mark the evangelist is the symbol of the city of Venice and its patron saint. A courageous winged Lion guards the holy bible complete with a golden halo. The original statue is located in the Piazza San Marco and was made around 300 B.C. US size 5.5 dated to 1890.
The Victorian era is the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901. Victorian jewelry trends were directly influenced by the Queen's personal collection which included many sentimental pieces honoring her family and her beloved husband Prince Albert. She ruled for over 60 years and this time can be separated into three distinct stages: The Romantic Period, The Grand Period, and the Aesthetic Period.