Extravagant and very rare French pendant C. late 1790’s-early1800’s.
Napoleon’s emergence as Emperor of France in 1804 sparked a new age revival of old designs.
Development of longer burning and brighter candles pushed a higher demand
of rose cut diamonds because women could wear them for formal evening events,
courts, balls, and receptions.
Traditional great French craftsmanship reveals itself in this piece.
The pendant is crafted in foliage motif of thick layer of 18K gold over sterling.
The gold layer is so thick that it is very easy to take this pendant as solid 18K gold.
The pendant designed around the large bright blue natural turquoise cabochon in the center.
The cabochon is mounted in multi-prong bezel and measures 5/8” X 3/8”.
The pendant densely populated with early rose cut foil-backed diamonds
with closed backs.
The largest diamond is approx. 4 mm across.
We measured the diamonds as good as we could and placed
approximate measurements on one of the pictures.
The diamonds shoot sparkles with every move.
The bail adorned with 3 rose cut diamonds set in silver.
The back of the bail is made of gold.
The pendant is just under 2” long including the bail.
The dangle is 1 1/2” X 1 3/8”.
There is no hallmarks, the pendant tests 18K gold.
Total weight is 12.5 grams.
Excellent antique condition commensurate with age.
Antique jewelry box and chain shown for display only.
Antique Georgian French Pendant 18K Gold Over Sterling Rose Cut Diamonds Turquoise