Forever Watched - Banded Eye Agate Pendant
For millennia eye agates have symbolized the mysterious inner soul and the watchful and protective eye. Usually these banded sardonyx agates are formed as a cabochon (rounded top and flat bottom) but this specific one is more unusual as it is concave or hollowed out. A tactile and visual agate, it is a very fine specimen. It is circled in 12k yellow gold (this was the gold standard used in England from 1854 to 1932). It has a rotating top “O” fitting. Rounded on the back in a convex manner, either front or back can be easily worn face up.
Condition: Excellent for the agate; one tiny area of repair to the rotating section of the top fitting.
Measurements: 1-13/16 inches (4.5 cm) in length with the top fitting and 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) long for the agate by 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) in width by 5/16 of an inch (0.5 cm) at the deepest. This antique pendant has a weight of 9 grams.
Date & Origin: Circa 1860 – 1870 and is most likely English in origin.