This is really a very special piece. It is crafted from 14K yellow gold with coral and rose cut diamonds. It dates from the early to mid 1800's. The condition is remarkable. This piece is very versatile. It can me worn as a pendant or a brooch. I have fitted it with a 10K Yellow Gold chain which is more contemporary than the pendant. It is also a locket or some might consider it a memorial piece with the opening in the back. The face is adorned with 9 hand cut and polished pieces or natural untreated coral. The coral is drilled and pegged to the body. In the center of the pegs are set with bezel set rose cut diamonds. I have really never come across a piece done like this before. Boarding the coral is a twisted rope boarder with a scalloped effect. On the outer circumference of this piece are 8 pegged hand cut and polished natural untreated coral beads. The outer boarder also possesses a sweet simple scalloped pattern which compliments the inner design very well. The back has its original slightly bubbled glass and frame. There is slight movement to the frame and may need to be secured better by a jeweler, but it stays in place as it should, but noted. The back possesses a folding bail which can be concealed if wearing as a brooch. The brooch is a simple c clasp and pin, both work perfectly and as expected. The condition is fabulous. However I did notice a small eye loop at the bottom which may have held a drop of coral which is no longer present, but noted. There were no hallmarks found but tested as 14K. All stones are natural and tested. The colors or the coral are very well matched and all original to the piece.
Length & Width: 1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Outer coral: approximately 3.5 - 4 mm each (varies slightly as they are hand cut and polished)
Center coral (mellon shaped) 6.5mm; center diamond: 1.5mm
8 coral pieces surrounding mellon: approximately 4mm each with this diamonds measuring approximately 1mm each.
Chain: Contemporary length 20 Inches (spring C clasp)
Circa: early to mid 1800's
Weight: 10.8 grams
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