Edwardian Aquamarine & Pink Tourmaline Pendant
Highlight - This piece is featured on the cover and on page 183 of the 2009 7th Edition of, "Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry" by C. Jeanenne Bell along with many other items past and present of The Three Graces within the book.
The mere mention of the word Edwardian conjures up images of opulence, sophistication and extravagance. At this time society’s ideal was total femininity that demanded grand jewelry. Although diamonds and pearls were at the top of the “A” list, stones such as aquamarine, peridot and amethyst were also held in high regard.
A triumvirate of gems provides an eye-catching magnum opus for a très elegant sterling pendant. Gorgeous medium deep blue aquamarines come alive with their color and faceting to complement a trio of pink tourmalines displaying various nuances of that color. Anchoring the mount are twenty-nine (29) natural pearls in luscious colors of deep cream to gray green. The aquamarines are approximately .47, .55, .56, .85 carats. The center aquamarine is 2.8 carats and the drop is about .25 carats. In size the tourmalines are 3 mm each or about .10 to .12 carats apiece. Delicate precious metal links connect the pendant to the accompanying antique later date white 14k gold long chain appointed with sixteen (16) cultured pearls of approximately 2.0 to 2.5 mm each.
Chain measures 30-1/2 inches in total length and drapes 15-1/4 inches; with pendant an additional 2-5/16 inches (6 cm) in length by 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) in width. If desired, the long chain can be shortened for no additional charge. Pendant hallmarked “925” for sterling silver. In excellent condition; light wear to silver pendant overall; otherwise fine. Dates to circa 1890 – 1900 and the Belle Époque.
Note: All weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.