Dating to c.1800, this lovely intaglio of an Old Testament prophet is a highly-wearable Neoclassical treasure!
Measuring 1 5/8" long with its original bail x 3/4" wide x 1/4" deep, this handsome pendant is set with a rock crystal measuring 21 mm x 17 mm x 12 mm thick and weighing a calculated 22.98 carats! The stone is deeply engraved with the profile of an Old Testament prophet, possibly Abraham. The prophet is depicted as a middle-aged man with his short hair held back with a fillet, and a full, curling beard.
The intaglio is mounted in an open-backed collet which solidly tests to 9k gold, although it may be heavily gold clad. It retains its original pin-set movable bail, which also tests to 9k gold. I usually associate intaglios such as these with Georgian fob seals, but they were also mounted as pendants, and this example is very beautiful; the stone is faceted completely by hand to catch every angle of the light! Best of all, this jewel has made it through 210+ years in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for, with no damage, chips or repairs! Suitable for wear by a lady or a gentleman, this stunning Neoclassical jewel looks fabulous worn on a medium-weight gold chain, and what a history! The stone is also protected from chips or damage by its ribbed bezel. SO SPECIAL!
Weighing in at 5.62 grams, this stunning pendant is a rarity; I have not seen another in my 25+ years as a jewelry dealer, collector and historian! If you love the finest in Georgian intaglio jewelry, this pendant belongs around your neck and in your collection! It would also make a thrilling gift for anyone fond of the finest in early devotional jewelry, and ill be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this magnificent jewel; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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