Etruscan style of jewelry was made popular during the Victorian age when the contents of Etruscan tombs in Italy were put on display for the pubic. The fascination with Etruscan jewelry continued through the first thirty years of the 1900's, all of which was called the Etruscan Revival. It is characterized by granulation, little dots of gold that were not soldered, and cannetille designs or thin swirled lines of filigree. This beautiful Etruscan urn pendant is set with a variety of gems and was probably a copy in style of a Victorian lady's vapor bottle so she would not faint. As beautiful as this 14K pendant is, please note it is not Victorian but dates from the Edwardian or early Art Deco years as it is marked 14K and has a maker's initials hallmarked on the bottom as well. The pendant weighs 14.5 grams and has a variety of gems on it, most of which I can identify. When I first saw it in the estate sale, loving coral the way I do, I immediately focused on the coral cameo on the front. The lady is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. On the opposite side there is a beautiful amethyst measuring approximately 12mm by 10mm. On each side is a small turquoise cabochon measuring 4mm. In addition on each side are very small light blue cabochons that I can not identify for you. When looking at them with the light in my loupe they look like tiny blue moonstones, but I can not be sure. They are not faceted like the amethyst. The top has a light blue stone on the stopper, but I have not had it tested by a jeweler; I am guessing a blue topaz. The marks on the bottom can clearly be seen with my diamond loupe and say 14K and the initials SB. They may appear blurry in the photo. It has been tested by Maine Gold and Silver and guaranteed to be 14K. The overall height of the pendant from the top of the handle, not including the jump loop, is 1 and 5/8" with the width at the widest point being 3/4". It is a stunning pendant exhibiting all the characteristics of the Etruscan Revival; all one needs to do is add a favorite gold chain of any length or width and one will have a gorgeous necklace. What a magnificent gift this would make for that special person in your life!
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