Dendritic Agate Georgian Pendant
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.