Dating ti c.1760-1770 for the large jet pendant and c.1890 for the 16" sterling-grade silver necklace, this jewel is proof that some marriages are made in Heaven!
Measuring a perfectly-proportioned 2 1/2" long x 1 1/2" wide, this magnificent pendant is a highly rare example of mid-Georgian era jet jewelry! This jewel takes the very Rococo form of a segmented double-drop finished with three drops, also known as a girandole. The pendant frame is literally carved from .900 grade silver, and is mercury-gilded. The top segment boasts a large rose-cut jet cabochon measuring 10 mm in diameter. Surrounding this stone are 18 additional faceted jet gemstones, all securely held by tiny silver-gilt claws and set in a closed-backed, convex setting of silver gilt.
The bottom segment displays another rose-cut 10 mm jet gem, and is embellished with an additional 22 faceted jet stones. The pendant makes a spectacular finish, with three pear-shaped faceted jet drops measuring 10 mm x 5 mm for the two side stones and 11 mm x 7 mm for the center stone. Between the sparkling jet gemstones one can see the beautiful, swirling openwork of the silver framework - SO BEAUTIFUL! This pendant is just the right size for everyday wear, or to glamorize your special nights out, and look fabulous worn with anything from blue jeans to a cocktail dress!
This pendant has made it into the 21st-century in 100% intact condition, with no damage or replacements. All of the 43 jet elements are free of chips or cracks; nothing short of miraculous after 250 years! The back of the pendant displays a finding that is quite unusual, but is perfectly keeping with the era. Rather than the usual slides seen on bodice jewels of this period, whomever crafted this pendant added a double-hoop of silver. The double hoop is exactly the sort of finding on sees on "snap" earrings of the 1760s, and the only explanation which makes sense is that the lapidary who crafted this jewel used what materials he had on hand. This jewel would have originally been sewn on to a lady's bodice, and the loops would have allowed for the attachment. This is not a replacement or an addition; this piece was made exactly as you see it!
Today, this jewel makes for a glamorous and historic pendant, and is ready for instant wear, as sometime around 1890, the pretty textured openwork sterling-grade silver chain was added, giving it a new lease on life! Neither the jewel nor the chain have been cleaned, and both the age patina which collectors treasure! This jewel is in as fine a condition as when it was first worn by a lady of fashion in the 1760s, and the faceted jet glitters oh-so-romantically! Weighing in at 14.93 grams, this Georgian beauty with its Victorian chain is a double delight, and is the ONLY Georgian-era jet girandole pendant I have discovered in over a decade! SO RARE!
If you love the ultimate in Georgian-era jewelry, this one-of-a-kind pendant belongs around your neck and in your collection! It would also make a thrilling gift for any lady fond of the best in historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rarity; up to 45-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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