Not Lions and Tigers and bears but instead..... Rubies, and Diamonds and gold Oh My....
Fresh from Italy comes this most grand pendant. It has an Italian hallmark behind it's original bale that dates it from 1780 ~ 1812 when it was last used. It is a Sicilian mark.. I had to really work hard to find this one as hallmarks are not my best subject but I was like a dog with a bone and finally found it on the Online Encyclopedia of Hallmarks.
The workmanship is glorious. Tested natural rose cut rubies and diamonds are all safely bead and collet-set. The yellow gold is testing for 19K. The silver and gold was professionally tested by my bench jeweler to be 950 which is a bit higher than standard for Europe. He owns a very high-tech scanning metal testing machine and there is zero room for error when he scans metals.
The bench jeweler who designed and made this piece did a beautiful job. It is all hand etched and the yellow gold appear to be lovely flora which meanders around both the top portion and the bottom dangle. All of the rubies are collet-set with yellow gold. All of the diamonds are collet-set in silver. Every other stone goes from a silver to gold mount. It is a bit difficult to see because of the warm patina but, there are 6 leaves around the top portion of the pendant that are all gold topped and silver backed... So common for the period. The bale is fixed and original. The bottom portion is articulated so it has beautiful and smooth movement.
The pendant measures 2" x 7/8" across the top portion. It weighs a lovely 5.4 grams. I have not attempted to weigh the ruby or diamond weight on this piece which is common in our field. There are many photos next to rulers so you can get a true feel for stone weight and size.
My wonderful buyer in Italy found this treasure... Another Raffaella piece. If you read in one of my listings that she has found it, it will be wonderful!
Please do note, this has always been a pendant and was not converted from an earring was is commonly done during the Georgian / Victorian / Edwardian / Deco and Retro periods. My feeling is that it is still being done today..... Many pendants out there, although very beautiful were at one time originally an earring. If a woman would have lost one of her prized earrings she would go to her bench jeweler and have him convert the remaining earring to a pendant.. Being the bale is original with a hallmark and a large loop, it is easy to identify this as always having been a pendant..
Circa 1800, Georgian period
Pristine antique condition with no apologies to be made.
This really does scream early Italian... Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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