This is indeed an antique Victorian 14K gold pendant, set with a soft coloured citrine. It has been designed in the Rococo style, typical of the tastes of the Victorian in the mid to late 19th century. The Rococo revival was favoured throughout the 19th century.
With its delicate swirls of gold, with an almost organic liveliness, the pendant encases a faceted pale citrine. The pendant is 1 ¼ inches long (3 cm) and a ½ inch wide (1.5 cm), and a depth of 4.5 mm.
I wanted the necklace to reflect the delicacy of the pendant as well as the Victorian flavour , yet with a modern edge. So I have used very pretty natural pink tourmaline briolettes (6 mm), interspersed them with carved citrine melons (7.4 mm) and then added the yellow gold of 18K beads, (8mm) and (4.5 mm). These vintage, handmade beads are from India, made in the traditional, ancient way of taking 18K sheet gold and shaping it over hardened resin.
I love using this gold because of its colour and the craftsmanship involved.
Tourmaline is the alternate birthstone for October. First discovered by the Dutch traders off the West Coast of Italy in the 17th century, yet the name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese term “turmali” which was the name given to all coloured crystals on the island of Sri Lanka. The gemstone comes in pink, red, green, blue and multicoloured. It is not a single mineral but a group of minerals related in the physical and chemical properties. It is mined in Sri Lanka, Brazil and Africa.
The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp. I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 17 ½ inches long (44 cm) with a 1 ¼ inch pendant drop (3.5 cm)
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