The petals of this Edwardian flower pendant have remained fresh for over a hundred years because they are created from gorgeous baroque pearls, a glistening diamond drop of dew at their center. With its large ruffled drooping pearl at the bottom the pendant resembles a white orchid.
There is a long tradition of baroque pearls being used figuratively in jewelry. In the Renaissance, baroque pearls often formed the bodies of mythological creatures or of animals. In the era in which this pendant was created they were notably being used by Paulding Farnham, the great designer at Tiffany, to create flowers which may have inspired this piece.
The pendant is fashioned from unmarked, but acid tested, 14 karat gold. The chain is a modern 14 karat white gold chain. The pearls have not been x-rayed to determine whether they are natural, however they pre-date the culturing of pearls and it is unlikely that they have been replaced since their gold backing is custom-made to fit them.
SIZE: 1" long (not including the bale) x 15/16" wide x 3/8" deep
MARKS: none on the pendant. The chain is marked "14kt" "Italy"
AGE: circa 1905
CONDITION: excellent antique condition with minor signs of wear.
Edwardian Baroque Pearl Flower Pendant Accented with Diamonds