I ADORE VICTORIAN JEWELRY and use a lot of it in my JEWELRY and as well individual pieces to sell in my SHOP. This PENDANT is from the VICTORIAN PERIOD (1837-1901). The Years Queen Victoria was Queen of Great Britain. I am always searching for that UNIQUE SPECIAL TREASURE and this IS ONE! The VICTORIANS adored NATURE and were actually a bit obsessed with it. Therefore they used it quite a bit in their JEWELRY DESIGNS as in this PRETTY BIRD PENDANT Necklace. Birds were used a lot in the DESIGN of VICTORIAN JEWELRY and I LOVE BIRDS, in or out of JEWELRY. This PENDANT is a TRUE ANTIQUE PIECE and NOT a REPRODUCTION. This Pendant is not Hallmarked but TEST as SOLID 9K GOLD. Assayers did not require the Hallmarking of Jewelry till the early 1900,s so it is not unusual to find unmarked Old VICTORIAN JEWELRY even with Solid Gold Pieces.The TINY SWALLOW is however INLAID with GENUINE CULTURED SEED PEARLS, TURQUOISE and it has a GENUINE RUBY CABACHON EYE. GENUINE CULTURED TINY SEED PEARLS were Very Popular during this Period and were used a lot in VICTORIAN JEWELRY. The PENDANT is in EXCELLENT CONDITION with only ONE of the TINY CULTURED PEARLS NACRE missing but this is not noticeable without a magnifying glass to look closely for this. If you look at the 2nd High Resolution close up photo at the area right before the Birds Tail begins there is a Dark Round Area, this is a Flat Ridge the Artist made to create a High Area right after the Last INLAID SEED PEARL. This is NOT a PEARL missing its just how the Camera caused a Shadow in that Area. The GENUINE TURQUOISE GEMS are PERSIAN and each GEM varies a little in the BEAUTIFUL BLUE COLOR. I have included a photo of the back of the PENDANT and you can see it is completely enclosed in the SOLID 9K GOLD showing that this is a VERY WELL MADE PENDANT. I wanted to use a SPECIAL NECKLACE for this PENDANT so I have hung it from a GORGEOUS CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE. The CULTURED PEARLS are ROUND in SHAPE and have a LOVELY LUSTRE to them. The CULTURED PEARLS are STRUNG on SILK BEADING THREAD. The COLORS I chose in the CULTURED PEARLS I chose to make the NECKLACE are MOSTLY WARM RAINBOW COLORS in SOFT SHADES of CREAM, PINK, PEACH, CHOCOLATE, PURPLE, LAVENDER, GOLD, CHAMPAGNE, MAUVE, WHITE and PLUM. The CULTURED PEARLS are strung on SILK BEADING TRHEAD. The CLASP I chose for the NECKLACE is a SECURE GOLD PLATED LOCKING CLASP that repeats the MAIN COLOR in the PENDANT. The PENDANT is hung from the CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE with 2 NEW 14k GOLD FILLED JUMP RINGS. Although these JUMP RINGS are not stamped they test as 14k Gold Filled. The Necklace measures 16 inches long. The SWALLOW PENDANT is simply tied on to the NECKLACE with a Neutral Colored Ribbon tied thru the Bail of the SWALLOW PENDANT. The PENDANT measures with its BAIL 1,1/4 high by 1 hair over 3/4 inch wide.This allows the wearer to simply untie to remove PENDANT so the CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE can also be worn ALONE or with another PENDANT. I will include Extra Ribbon with the Purchase for future use when needed. If you LOVE BIRD or VICTORIAN JEWELRY you will LOVE this BEAUTY! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE! NOTE: More photos available if needed.
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