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Dendritic Agate Georgian Pendant

SOLD Item 11159

Dendritic or moss agate was the delight of Georgian era England. Sometimes its swirling patterns were put to use in jewelry as a miniature picture. At other times, as here, its lacy moss-like filaments, warm toned hues and flecks of color were arranged in a marbleized palette of harmony.

Set into 18k yellow gold, it is open backed (as most moss agate was set) and placed in delicate decorative pinched collets. Both a brooch and a pendant, versatility is the key. A later modern smooth brushed gold 14k yellow gold bale tops the look (this could be easily removed if desired).

Condition: Excellent; one tiny surface scratch on the main stone.

Measurement: Total length is 2-1/2 inches (6.2 cm) including the bale and 1-7/8 inches (4.8 cm) without the bale. Width is 1-13/16 inches (4.6 cm). The center agate is 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) square. This antique pendant has a weight of 9.2 grams.

Date & Origin: Circa 1820 and is English in origin.