Webster's Dictionary defines a "masterpiece" as "a work done with extraordinary skill or artistic achievement." I have been fortunate enough lately to acquire several jewels which meet this criteria, and I am proud to present the "Masterpiece collection" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1690-1710, this beautiful and early Sevigne bow pendant comes straight from my private collection of pre-Georgian jewelry, and since I have acquired a few other Sevignes over the years, I have decided to make this exquisite jewel available for the first time for the consideration of my holiday-shopping Ruby Lane clientele!
This was the first Sevigne jewel I ever acquired, and it is still among my "de-accessed" favorites! Measuring 2 1/4" long x 1 1/4" at the tallest point, this exquisite pendant is hand-wrought in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold (all metals unmarked but tested). This floral-motif jewel is studded with no less than 66 rose-cut diamond "sparks," all of which are set in rubbed-over, closed-backed mountings of sterling silver in a manner which I associate only with late 17th- and very early 18th-century jewels; the diamonds are almost pave-set end-to-end! The jewel ends in a flower-motif pendant drop. It retains 18k gold pendant loops to the reverse, where it would have been sewn to a lady's gown; today, just slip a fine gold or silver chain through the loops, and voila! A glittering pendant for the ages that dances in any light!
Each silver element is framed and backed in 18k yellow gold, and as with most jewelry of this early date, the gold is structural, displaying tool marks and carving. The center of the pendant is mounted with an enamel miniature of a lady of fashion dating to c.1740; when I purchased this jewel, I suspected that this plaque was a replacement for a large diamond or pearl that perhaps had to be "cashed in" when its mid-18th century owner fell on hard times, but frankly, I love the image! The reverse of the jewel displays the tool marks and construction typical of the opening decades of the 18th century. SO IMPRESSIVE!
Weighing in at a substantial 19.28 grams, this pendant is one in a million, and has survived the past three centuries in covetable condition; all of the diamonds are original to the piece, and there is no damage or repairs! The diamonds are difficult to gauge as far as weight is concerned; they weigh 1-3 points each, so total diamond weight is about a carat, but when it comes to jewels of this historical significance, the diamond weight is a secondary consideration. It was hard for me to decide to let this one go, but let my loss be your gain; this is a beautiful and highly-wearable pendant that will give you a lifetime of pleasure!
If you collect the NE PLUS ULTRA in pre-Georgian jewelry, this stunning pendant belongs around your neck and in your collection! It would also make the ultimate holiday fit for that special lady fond of the best in early, investment-grade jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box suitable for giving or storing. Do not miss this magnificent Masterpiece; up to 120-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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