Isn't this just a beauty, slightly imperfect as it is (you'll never see it in wear). A teardrop pendant in heavy 18k gold form, closed back (indicates a higher quality workmanship) and in fine Etruscan-style micromosaic we normally associate with the few mosaics that come from and represent Venice. It's late Georgian to early Victorian, we'd say, and is most certainly from the earlier Grand Tour souvenir era and genre, perhaps starting life as part of a large necklace/parure of which this might be just one 'drop'. So many were damaged and or parted out, remember. A gorgeous thing, we show it with a gold chain to give you the sense of size, loveliness in wear, but the chain will not be included in this offering and is sold separately. Our thinking here is that you'll certainly have your own favorite chain you'll want to use with this one. Versatile, it can be used as a lavalier on your pearls or other jewelry, as well.
Good to very good, but please note there are a few very fine tesserae missing in the blue surround of the dove. Stable, the mosaic seems to have been reinforced within these very tiny open spots so nothing is moving now. You can, of course, see the spots in our greatly enlarged images, but if you are wearing it, you'll just never see them. The glass tesserae are so tiny in this one! A lovely souvenir of your own trip to Venice!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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