When we first laid eyes on this pendant, we thought we'd found a piece by Lanvin. Not only does this have the 'look' but the heft and quality of this pendant is top of the line. Seeing the signature on the back got us searching...who is Working Designs and why have we never heard of this quality jewelry maker?
The answer is that Working Designs was not in the jewelry business. They were a small, influential American video game translation company that primarily operated from 1991 to 2004. Originally founded in 1986 as an office software developer, it shifted focus to translating Japanese video games. They closed their doors in 2005.
This pendant was a special design promotional piece they gave away with the purchase of an RPG (role playing game) videogame in 2000.
We don't know how popular the video game was but this giveaway pendant is nowhere to be found. Yet, it's as fine as any piece designed by the best costume jewelry makers. The design is very Modernist.
The pendant measures 1 7/8 inches across and 1/4 inch thick. It weighs 73 grams. It's heavily gold-plated with a circle of black enamel. It comes on a simple black cord but can be added to a gold link chain for a great effect.
This pendant is in excellent condition. The now defunct company had a great reputation in the video market but perhaps they should have turned their attention to designing jewelry as this pendant proves they had a great knack for it.
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