Dating late 1700s to no later than 1810, this is a fabulous early micromosiac with tiny sand-sized glass tesserae in round form, not used much after 1810, and depicts a woman walking and carrying bread/food basket in one arm and also a baby under the other. The top small oval is floral and of course is matching to the lower drop. both are mounted in acid-tested 15k gold that tints to pink as you can see where it is shown against a modern 14k gold necklace in our images. This was once one of a pair of earrings. Its mate has been lost or broken and this one single is now making its way through its 3rd century as a pendant or an enhancer made to fit over the stringing of your pearls, or onto a gold chain. It won't slip off. It's tightened so it creates a self-clasp but is open to hook over the knotted spot in your strand of pearls for a really wonderful look. I love these old ones, don't you? And sometimes they come to us in bits or pieces. I've seen museum displays from this era which have a single plaque from a grand necklace, or a single earring, which is what we had here. Isn't it simply superb! Imagine wearing something so old! Imagine who might have once owned it. Napoleon's Josephine had a Parure made up of pieces similar to these, by the way. You know, of course, that only the very elite and Royals in that time were able to afford such jewelry, so surely it's someone whose name we'd recognize if we were given its history. Perhaps some day we'll be capable of extracting a digital history from the materials used - one can dream!
Very good to excellent for age and type. There are no losses or breaks or restorations at all in either of the intricate sand-sized tesserae mosaics, and the gold tests at 15k, high for its time. Modified as one of a pair of earrings, it's now a single and is modified to be worn as a pendant or enhancer for your pearls or beaded necklaces, or for a gold chain. A rare very early one!
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