Antique Victorian Earrings Pendant Set Cameo 18k Gold Diamonds Pearls (6323)


Antique Victorian Classic Revival demi parure jewelry set consisting of a pair of earrings / ear pendants and a pendant. 18k yellow gold, diamonds, pearls, carved agate hardstone cameos. <P><P>
Measurements: Earrings are a little over 1 1/2 inches long (4cm), not including the wires. Pendant approximatley 2 inches (8.5 cm) long.  Combined weight is 34.2 grams.  <P><P>
Description: Matching pendant and earrings. All have surmounts in the form of fleur de lis, set with pearls and diamonds. Surmount of the pendant is attached to the front of the bale. Loops connect the tops to flaring gold ribbon scrolls set on the apex of oval cameo mounts. The gold mounts are set with parls and diamonds. Pearls are believed to be natural (not cultured). Mounts hold wonderful orange-brown agate with white upper sections carved away to show relief portraits of women in profile, very much in the Classic Revival style. These women come straight out of Ancient Rome. A 2nd layer of orange agate above the white is cleverly used to color the hair of the women. Detail of carving is especially fine and the women are quite beautiful. Their jewelry is especially interesting and gives us an insight into what women wore at the time. Fabulous quality.  <P><P>

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The pendant was probably an example of transformable or convertible jewelry, so popular in the Victorian era. The back shows attachments that are no longer in use. (see pictures).
Marks: All pieces are hallmarked. The French owl, used for items of 18k gold imported / of unknown maker appears on every item.   <P><P>
Condition: good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.   <P><P>

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