Casting an eagle’s eye to earth in search of treasure, this magnificent mythological 18k gold Art Nouveau griffin spies the glittering of a diamond and swiftly flies to claim it as his own. Known as a fierce protector, he vigilantly guards his prize and woe to anyone who attempts to snatch it away from him. This noble gryphon exudes animal magnetism, with the haunches of a lion and the head, claws and wings of an eagle. The textured feathers provide a lovely curvature to frame the body of the beast, which is a sculptural work of art. The pendant has a warm antique patina, with the high points of the fur and feathers worn to a warm, smooth finish, providing a stark contrast to the detail on the lower points of the piece.
The beast alone (without the O ring or bail) measures 1 1/8” in diameter and weighs 10.1 grams. The diamond is a lively old mine-cut weighing approx. 0.14ct. The bail is marked 750 with a letter S inside a lozenge shaped cartouche and the pendant has been additionally assayed as 18k gold.
This mystical Art Nouveau griffin is a very special piece. Its rare design will appeal to those who prefer the unusual and it would make a superb addition to any fine griffin or dragon collection.