Starburst of Enamel & Garnets Georgian Pendant
In the late 17th and early 18th century, jewelry artisans were coming into their own artistic excellence by combining a more intricate design with faceted gems and enamel work. Fueled by fashions becoming more frivolous and less formal, a shift in jewelry design soon followed.
Characterized by its organic qualities and sense of movement, this girandole pendant well represents those changes. Composed of three articulated elements, the metalwork is elaborate and intricate and clearly echoes the trend in its delicacy and lightness. The three sections allow for grace and ease of movement. Gold filigree provides the structure for an open labyrinth of swirls, waves and twists. Delightful with its whimsy and play, early black and white enamel work dots the surface and provides a striking addition to the balance and harmony of the piece. As well as providing overall visual balance faceted garnets set into saw tooth bezels heighten both the textural and design aspects of the pendant.
Measures 1-¼ inches (3.3 cm) at the widest by 2-1/8 inches (5.5 cm) long. In very good condition with light overall light wear; some small losses to the enamel; a small amount of denting to the gold applied orbs. Continental in origin; dates to circa 1690 - 1740. Delicate in detail with a perfect size.