Dating to c.1680-1700, this highly desirable pendant comes directly from my personal collection of pre-Georgian jewelry, but I am paring back a bit, so I am offering it for the first time for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
This spectacular, super-early jewel is a rare survival as well as a wearable treasure! Measuring 3 1/8" from the top of the original bail x 1 3/8" at the widest point, this large jewel is constructed with four diamond-set elements - a bail with a single rose-cut diamond, a floral medallion set with 9 rose-cut diamonds, a Sevigne bow set with 13 rose-cut diamonds, and a pendant drop set with 3 additional rose-cut diamonds! That adds up to 26 glittering rose-cut diamonds in all, weighing a total of approx. 1/2 carat!
The three largest diamonds weigh approx. 7 points each. The other diamonds weigh 1-2 points each. All of the diamonds are original and intact, and are set rubbed-over, foil-backed mountings of sterling-grade silver with the "pillow" backs typical of jewels pre-dating 1780 (unmarked but tested). Best of all, this jewel has survived the past 300+ years in exquisite condition!
This pendant is likely French or Italian in origin; the structured Sevigne bow denotes a late 17th-century date. (After 1720, Sevigne bows are more fluid in design.) This jewel has wonderful movement, and a very early and rich patina! It could easily be polished up to its original shining glory if the new owner so desires, but I would strongly advise against it; for as most collectors know, the patina adds value to the jewel, and is a testament to its great age.
This pendant weighs in at 12.3 grams, and looks gorgeous worn on a silver chain or a black ribbon around the neck! I have owned this pendant for over a decade, and whenever I wore it, I received compliments galore! Needless to say, jewels of this era are very, very hard to come by on the open market. Here is a chance to an investment-worthy example that is wonderfully wearable, and offered at a dealer-friendly bargain price!
If you collect the best in early diamond jewelry, you will be hard pressed to find another diamond and silver pendant as fine as this one. It would also make a stellar holiday gift for any lady fond of the rare and beautiful diamond jewels, and do you know any who aren't? This pendant will be shipped in a gift box suitable for giving or storing. Do not miss this historic sparkler; it is priced for quick sale, up to 60 day layaway is available, and domestic shipping is FREE!
Item ID: 2005
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