Monday, February 11, 2013

acrostic jewelry.

Agnus Dei. Gold pendant set with diamonds, garnets, and pearls. Hungarian, 17th century. acrostic jewelry. Various articles. of jewelry decorated with gemstones set in a row or a circle, the initials of the names of the stones forming a word or name, e.g. (1) two bracelets that belonged to Josephine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), later Napoleon's empress, are set with stones whose initials form the Christian names of her two children. Eugene and Horsens; (2) a gold pencil-holder made by CARL FABERGE c. 1913, set with gemstones of which the initials spell the Russian Christian name of the owner; and (3) a ring or brooch with gemstones whose initials spell 'dear' or 'dearest', or a female name, or sometimes a day of the week. The French term for such a ring is bague hieroglyphique. See HARLEQUIN RING.

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