Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a silver topped 16kt. and 14kt. yellow gold pendant circa 1840's. This late Georgian/early Victorian piece features a central oval shaped, faceted bright green, well saturate and prong set 8mm X 6mm emerald, weighing approximately 1.10 carats. The emerald has a moderate amount of jardin. The stone is mounted on pierced silver filigree atop a gold base. The piercing is accented with millegraining. Additional sparkle is added by 8 oval to round, prong set rose cut diamonds around the filigree. The piece is .580 (north to south dimensions) X .510 (east to west dimensions). The loop at the top is 14kt. and produces a 1" drop. The pendant weighs 2.3 grams.
The inclusions and fissures within an emerald are sometime described as jardin (French for garden), because of the mossy appearance. This emerald is well saturated in color and there are no surface fissures. Faceted emeralds are most commonly given an oval cut or emerald cut. Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May and the traditional gemstone for the astrological sign of Cancer. It is believed that an emerald was given by G*d to King Solomon, a gift which endowed the king with power over creation. The Incas used them in both their jewelry and religious ceremonies. After the Spanish conquest of the New World, Spain traded emeralds for precious metals which they prized more than the stones, thus creating a supply of New World emeralds in Europe and Russia. The Victorians believed that placing an emerald under the tongue could help see the future, or reveal truths, and would give protection from evil spells. An emerald that is worn, was believed to give the wearer an ability to reveal the truth of a lover.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The emerald size was calculated using a standard jeweler's caliper. The emerald was tested using a jeweler's stone tester. The stone was not removed from the piece to do physical testing or for weight. The diamonds were tested using a standard jeweler's diamond tester. The diamonds were not removed from the piece to do physical testing or for weight. The color and clarity of the stone will only be noted if the stone is over 0.20 carats or 20 points. Smaller stones will be visually assessed and may not be graded. No chain is supplied. This piece was converted to a pendant from an unidentified piece of jewelry.