Vesuvianite Cameo Choker Necklace
Very rare and elegant Grand Tour Vesuvianite choker, dating from ~1840-1880.
Choker length: 12 inch, plus extension.
The Grand Tour was the 17th- and 18th-century custom undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank when they had come of age. The custom - which flourished from about 1660 until the advent of large-scale rail transport in the 1840s - served as an educational rite of passage to expose the young man to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to the aristocratic and fashionably polite society of the European continent.
A Grand Tour could last anywhere from several months to several years. Such tours often featured purchasing works of art, jewelry, coins and medals and antiquities.