This is a finely carved platinum and 14 karat gold carnelian intaglio of Zeus. Zeus is the king of the Greek Gods. Here he is portrayed with all his power evident in his face, his signature lightening bolt below his head. The stone is a carnelian, which appears black and dramatic in this setting. When held to the light it appears in its characteristic color of brown. It has an equally beautiful setting, platinum and pale rose gold.
I have joined it with a niello silver and rose gold vermeil long 56 inch chain. The chain is available and priced separately. It is such a wonderful match in color and age. It would be equally beautiful with a rose gold chain, watch chain, platinum or gold.
The pendant measures 1 inch round and 1 3/4 inches long with the bail. Condition is excellent with minimal wear to the gold.
I have sold several intaglio pendants, but this is unique in the quality of the carving and the use of platinum and gold. Very distinctive and easily worn for casual or dress attire.
Circa 1900, American