Tiger claw jewelry became a very popular gift for army officers serving in India to send back to their wife or sweetheart. Possibly accompanied with a (most likely fictional) thrilling tale of the claws’ origins. This necklace dates to 1866.
A pair of claws, most likely those of a Bengal tiger, are outlined with a perimeter of 18k yellow gold and set in opposing positions within an envelope of engraved gold appointed with twisted gold rope and bands of elephant hair. Encased in gold, a round synthetic faceted ruby the color of hot pink dangles between the curves of the claws. A thick and impressive ring of gold sits atop the golden envelope in the role of surmount. Circa 1910-1920, India