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A darling find! Estimated circa 1810-1820 (possibly earlier), this gorgeous antique Georgian 'bug' diamond pendant is an absolute delight, decorated with dreamy old-mine cut diamonds and silver-topped 15ct yellow gold.
Spanning the period of 1714 to 1837, and covering the succession of 4 Kings, the Georgian period (aptly named after those Kings) brought multiple jewelry styles to light, including repousse pieces, girandole earrings, memorial (mourning) jewelry, and magnificent gemstone & diamond parures. Bows, ribbons, and nature themes were highly popular including bouquets, flowers, insects and leaves. Always handmade, as the machinery needed for high precision simply didn't exist, diamonds and gemstones were cut by tools and hand, gold finished with rougher 'edges' of usually high-karat gold topped with silver. Many pieces were closed and foil-backed, to help the hand-cut gems emit a greater fire and color, while higher quality gem & diamond pieces were occasionally left open.
Coming to us from England, and displaying multiple classic Georgian features, this charming bug/insect pendant is a petite and precious delight! Measuring approximately 17mm long by 9.50mm wide (just under 3/4 of an inch long and nearly 1/2 an inch wide), whether it's a bee or a fly or a butterfly, it's unmistakably antique, rare and one-of-a-kind! Decorated with a total of 5 main diamonds and 3 very tiny accent diamonds, all diamonds but one are old-mine cut, with the other being a fabulous table cut (very early 'emerald-cut' style). These beauties are beautifully eye-clean, with no visible inclusions nor damage, given their age, with glorious fire as-is so typical of old-mine cuts. Though small, she is mighty, and her diamonds are left open-backed, not needing any help from foiling to glow, a wonderful find in Georgian pieces. Nearly impossible to accurately gauge the diamond carat weight, as a ballpark, we estimate the diamond weight to probably fall around 0.40ct - 0.45ct. Old diamonds usually carry more weight than modern cuts, due to their bulky cutting style, but again, our estimate is just that.
From our testing, we are getting no less than 15ct yellow gold, topped with silver. There are NO hallmarks on the pendant itself, which is common with Georgian pieces, as hallmarking hadn't yet become mandatory. So that she's ready to wear, we have provided a 14kt white gold (stamped), 16-inch chain. The original chain the pendant came on was some type of plated metal, smelly and just not very wearable, so we replaced it. Of course, if you have a different chain you'd like to wear her on once you receive her, by all means go ahead, but for now, she will come to you with this chain we're providing.
We are delighted to offer this little 200 year old keepsake to you, and hope you will be as equally delighted when you receive her. With so many bee & insect decor pieces currently making a resurgence on the market (I'll admit - my bathrooms AND kitchen feature both), now is the perfect time to wear this beauty around your neck!
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Georgian 19th Century Diamond Insect Pendant
$895 SALE PENDING
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