French Art Nouveau Designer Signed 18K Gold Pendant with Lots of Rose Cuts
Age: C.1910 or so
Item: From France and designed at the height of the Art Nouveau period, may I present this stunning pendant - yes, converted from a slide. The pendant features one of those stunning Parisian Belle Epoch Beauties with diamonds in her hair, at her throat and at her bosom. Add a halo of rose cut diamonds (set in white gold or platinum) around the edge and you have one stunning piece of jewelry! I had my jeweler do loops at the back so that a chain could easily flow through the openings. Because of this, if the chain is too thin, the pendant will flip, if thick, will stay stationary. However, whether the chain is thick or thin, the pendant lies perfectly on the skin!
Condition: Excellent! Good crisp design to the lady. Inner cork shows a little wear but not much. Gold seems to have a bloom on it as well as being solid gold. Bright yellow coloring.
Metal Content: Being French, 18K gold - 750.
Hallmarks: Sculptors initials to the front of the piece that look like aF - I'm sure that with a little sleuthing, someone will be able to find out just who the sculptor was. As to gold content, the Eagle hallmark was on the slide mechanism which my jeweler had to take off in order to convert the piece to a pendant.
Size: Small at 5/8" high/wide - fits just inside a dime (only the rim of the dime shows if you do this). But I'll tell you this - it may be small but it sure packs a punch!
Diamonds: Rose cuts that number, if my eyes are working correctly, 40. At about 1 point each, you are looking at about .40CT TW in gemstone. Just under 1/2 Carat of Diamonds!
Weight: A respectable 3.8 grams.
Final Comments: French 18K Gold items are coming into vogue these days and everyone knows that a designer signed piece will appreciate more quickly than an unsigned piece.
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