It is a pleasure to present this late 19th century pendant/ brooch featuring the finest rose cut diamonds I have ever seen!
We can only imagine the fine lady who this jewel first graced on that special evening so long ago. Judging from its style and hallmarks, it is circa 1890. It is stamped 56 on a jump ring at the end of one of the heavy rope chains as well as the marker's initials in Cyrillic alphabet letters. Only a person of a certain class would have obtained such a jewel in Imperial Russia. After the break of the Russian Revolution of 1917, such conspicuous display of wealth was shunned. Landowners fled, stashing away precious items in their belongings. Hidden away for decades, the significance of this jewel was certainly forgotten. I was fortunate to discover these hallmarks after purchasing this extraordinary piece of jewelry.
The diamonds are crystal clear, with an icy appearance not usually associated with rose cuts. They present as at least two carats of diamonds, but since they are open set, my gemologist was able to measure them and give me a real approximate weight of 1.15 carats by formula. The diamonds are exceptional and very clear- not gray and included like so many rose diamonds we see. A rose cut diamond will weigh less than a modern diamond of the same diameter because they are flat on the bottom. I have seen rose cut diamonds grossly overestimated by sellers. Just because a diamond "spreads like a 1 carat diamond" doesn't mean you can sell it as such. The bottom round diamond was measured and estimated to be 40 points alone, as is the top one. When viewed under a loupe, only one defect is seen in one diamond. The top stone may have a nick on the edge, or it may be a natural formation in the stone which was left in order to keep the shape or weight of the stone. The pendant weighs 23.6 grams and is 3 ¼" in length. This large and impressive pendant can also be worn as a brooch. It is hallmarked 56, which is the Russian mark for 14k gold, as well as with it's makers initials in cyrillic alphabet for F and G.
An interesting piece of history which will make you feel like royalty when you wear it!