BELLE EPOCH 18K Gold, Diamond, Enamel & Natural Pearl Locket Pendant with Chain
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AGE: C.1900 or so - the Belle Epoch Period
ITEM: Beautiful, isn't it! Don't you love the combination of natural pearls, diamonds and enamel? I sure do. And when everything is situated within a lovely locket pendant, then you really can't go wrong!
More than likely made in France and composed of high carat yellow gold, this stunning pendant features a center section of blue enamel over a guilloche (engine turned) background. Set in the center is an 'old cut' faceted diamond (tested); the diamond appears to be set in either platinum or white gold for added brightness. Surrounding the center panel is a filigree border edged in natural pearls. The original bale is present and is again set with natural pearls and is highlighted by another faceted diamond set at the center. The back of the pendant has a locket center which opens easily with a little pressure. There is a nice bit of depth to the back to hold a lock of hair or a photo.
The pendant is set upon a medium link chain with a spring clasp that I believe is original to the pendant.
SIZE: Pendant measures 2-5/16" long from top pearl to bottom pearl; width is a little over 1". Image size of the locket section is 1/2" high/wide.
Diamonds measure 2 points each (approx). Pearls are 3mm surrounding the diamond at the top while the rim pearls measure 2mm.
The chain measures 16" long.
WEIGHT: Combined weight of both pieces is 9.1 grams.
METAL: 18K Gold
HALLMARKS: I can find no marks on the pendant but acid testing confirms a gold content of 18K. The French also only manufactured jewelry of 18K. The spring clasp to the chain is hallmarked 18CT (again, a European notation).
FINAL COMMENTS: A stunning piece of jewelry that would serve well as the "something blue" during the bridal walk. No one will be disappointed with this lovely!
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