|Coral Pendant with Pearls and Diamond Sparks|
Froment-Meurice, Paris, 1854
The Victoria & Albert Museum
This pendant consists of a coral cameo depicting Bacchus in a sculpted gold frame decorated with winged mermaids and hung with pearls and diamond sparks. Coral, since ancient times, was believed to protect against the evil eye, and it was often worn by children or used in rosaries. By the Nineteenth Century, coral had become quite fashionable for both day and evening wear.