This is indeed an antique Tudor Dynasty bronze pendant with its original garnet, two (I believe) replaced garnets, and a teardrop, cultured freshwater pearl. The pendant was found in the earth in Hampshire, England in 1988 (hence the original garnet appears quite rough). It has been tested for its age, which is 400 +, which qualifies it for Tudor. The bronze has a beaded pattern, an openwork design, topped with a flower, possibly a Tudor rose. Originally, there were two garnets at the top of the pendant, but I suspect they were lost and these are replacements. It has been finished with a teardrop pearl (a replacement), but a characteristic Tudor flourish. The pendant with the pearl measures 1 ¾ inches long x 1 cm wide. The design is clearly in keeping with Tudor fashion.
The pendant hangs on a necklace of very baroque, cultured, freshwater, white pearls, 14.6 mm. These are interspersed with slivers of pink tourmaline (8.5 mm).
At the centre and at the end of the necklace, there are vintage, handmade, 18K gold on silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan. At 13 mm and 8.6 mm. these beads are now rare. Using their traditional technique, the Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
I have used a vermeil toggle clasp. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 18 inches long (46 cm).
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