Blackamoor Ebony Carved to Perfection as a African women. A gorgeous vintage, 10 karat yellow gold, black ebony and red coral Corletto pendant. The pendant is Italian made in the style of Blackamoor jewelry. It dates to the 1960's during a resurgence and interest in the Blackamoor designs, which originally came from Venice, Italy in the early 18th Century. The craftsmanship of this pendant charm is a testament to the famed Italian jeweler Giovanni Corletto. In Europe, as early as the 13th Century, African figures were often desirable for being rare, luxurious and exotic. This was one reason for the Blackamoor decorative arts to become so popular. Similar to the Cameo bracelets of the Victorian era, the body and figures were depicted to celebrate a love of beauty. Today, the Blackamoor jewelry can be seen as empowering, and as a bold political statement, a declaration of Black is Beautiful. The pendant features an elegant portrait of an African female figure with gold hoop earrings, a red coral choker. The colors are stunning- the red corals are natural and the gold has a fantastic yellow color. Against the deep saturated black, the red coral works nicely as a contrasting detail.The carving into the ebony to render the detailed face of this figure is really remarkable. The portrait charm is about 1-3/4 inches in size. The Bail is 14kt. with ten Approx. .03 point cut diamonds. The gold is marked on the bottom with "Corletto", as well as "10K" and "Made in Italy". The gold chain is included with this item. Fine Jewelry Manufacturers in 1963. Corletto became a new leader of style and fashion in the 60's in Paris, Rome, and New York. In the 1960's Grace Kelly wore a Blackamoor brooch on her trip to Venice to show her style credentials. Corletto designs were inspired by nature and figurative art. His interest in decorative art and history led his to the ornate Blackamoor designs. This Blackamoor pendant is a really Rare find! Ready to wear and to be Proud of its Heritage... Total weight 7.4 grams
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