Edwardiannaturalpearl and diamond pendant/brooch. An impressive convertible pendant/brooch, set to either side with two natural saltwater pearls and suspending four additional natural saltwater pearls and a natural saltwater grey pearl with a combined approximate weight of 139 grains, additionally set with a round old mine diamond in an open backclaw setting with a weight of 4.15 carats, set below with an accompanying round old mine diamond in an open back claw setting with a weight of 3.90 carats, decoratively adorned with four cushion shape old mine diamonds in open back claw settings with a combined weight of 2.90 carats, further enhanced by thirty five round old mine diamonds in open back grain and rubover settings with a combined weight of 4.00 carats, and set throughout with one hundred and sixty six round mixed cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 3.20 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 18.15 carats, to an elaborate openwork pendant of swirling naturalistic form, enriched throughout with fine millegrain details and with intricately pierced backholing, flowing with movement and suspending four articulated drops, the central drop issuing a stylised bow motif and detaches from the mount to be worn as a pendant, fitted to reverse with a secure removable pin and scroll brooch fitting and with two circular loops to the top for suspension as a pendant, approximately 8.5cm in length. Tested yellow gold with platinum settings, circa 1905, accompanied by Swiss Gemmological Institute report #83982.
Please refer to the gemmological report for full details on the weights and measurements of the pearls.
A decorative solid or articulated jewel which hangs from a chain, bracelet, brooch, ring or earring. The pendant can be an addition to almost any form of jewellery.
The earliest pendants have been unearthed by archaeologists and are attributed to the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods and include organic materials such as teeth and bones. These discoveries display our innate desire to adorn ourselves since the beginning of man.
As man grew more sophisticated, so did the materials which were used for adornment. Ancient Egyptians and Romans wore pendants made with gold and silver, set with attractive gemstones and bearing symbolic motifs. The seafaring Vikings wore rock crystal amulets which were believed to have protective qualities and give the wearer the power of foresight.
The widespread adoption of Christianity in the Byzantine era introduced symbolic Christian symbols which were often worn as pendants, such as the now internationally recognisable cruciform.
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