Antique Victorian pendant. 18k gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, opals and enamel. Made circa 1890's - 1900 in the Holbeinesque style. <P><P>
Measurements:Pendant measures 2 1/4 inches long. 1.50ct diamonds; 0.08ct emeralds; 0.16ct rubies; central opal 1.41ct (not including other opals which totals 2.91ct). Weighs 16.50 grams including chain. <P><P>For full description, please see below.
Description : A lighter, brighter version of Holbeinesque jewelry. Pendant consists of 3 parts: bale (loop) with place for a large chain is set with small diamonds and a fat cushion opal that sparkles with light. The bale threads through a loop at the top of the main body of the pendant. The main body of the pendant is oval in shape with small wings at the cardinal points. These are set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, graduated in size. Bright and cheerful, they bring extra color to the pendant. The pendant with domed center - arches towards the middle, culminating in a wonderful central opal, full of light and various colors ranging from blue to red and through yellows, greens and white. Light streams from this stone. It is further surrounded by an oval ring of diamonds, in turn bordered by a ropetwist filigree band of gold between plain gold ribbons. Concentric rings around this feature a similar outer border and an inner one with diamonds and opals collet-set between red-enamel half spheres, placed back-to-back. Finally, loops connect the drop of opals and diamonds that swing and sway at the bottom of the pendant. <P><P>
This is a truly magnificent work of art. Workmanship is superb, gems are wonderful quality and used to best advantage. The whole emanates light, delicacy and interest. It comes with a modern gold chain, included for your convenience. <P><P>
Marks: No marks. Metal was acid tested as at least 18k gold. **see below. <P><P>
Condition: Very good with negligible wear commensurate with age and use. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer. <P><P> Our appraiser tested the gold electronically as 22k. We are going with a conservative value.
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