Victorian Crescent Moon Sapphire Pearl Pendant
Superb coloration and brilliance mark these sapphires as exceptional. Accompanying the lyrical crescent moon form, a diamond and a large golden natural pearl (tested) makes a pendant necklace that is outstanding. All are set within 18k yellow gold mount and chain.
Fantastic sapphires of medium deep cobalt blue with electric blue highlights are dazzling. There are eleven (11) in all - oval cuts, round and almost square cuts. The estimated weight is 2.11 carats.
Twenty (20) diamonds rest within just the moon and one below for total of twenty-one (21) diamonds. The stones in the moon are graduated in size and range from less than .01 to .05 carats for total of .40 carats. For the drop the gem is .08 points. Total estimated diamond weight is .40 carat of diamonds.
Rarely do we see natural pearls, and particularly in this nearly perfect teardrop form. Luminescent golden hues with highlights of green, purple and blues makes the pearl a fit for a royal. The wonderful teardrop shape has very good luster and the nacre has a smooth and even finish with only tiny imperfections as expected due to the organic nature of the material.
Condition: Excellent with original fine chain, the clasp is replaced with a 14k gold modern spring ring.
Measurements: Chain measures 19-1/4 inches (48.9 cm) in length. Pendant is 1-1/8 inches (2.9 cm) in length by just less than 3/4 of an inch (1.8 cm) in width. The pearl measures 10 mm long by 8 mm wide. Chain and pendant together weigh 6.5 grams.
Hallmarks: 585 on the clasp (the remainder of the pendant and chain is 18k).
Date: Victorian circa 1890.
Note 1: All gemstone weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Note 2: This necklace comes with an IGI certificate stating that the pearl, diamond and sapphires are natural. Replacement value of $6035. Please email us for more details.
Historical Note: The crescent moon, as well as the star, was a popular motif in the 1880s and 1890s. Romance was back in vogue and the use of diamonds and precious gems was again the medium of expression rather than the previous decades' solo dependence on gold or on natural materials alone.