Pavé Turquoise Heart Pendant
Reminiscent of a cobblestone street in an old English village, a pavé setting in which multiple small gemstones are set very close together and close to the surface. This type of setting gives the appearance that the surface of the jewelry has been literally “paved” with gems.
Throughout the early and late Victorian periods the use of turquoise in jewelry was quite popular. Here we have an example of a later date pendant in the form of the heart. Cabochons of natural turquoise are placed so close together on 14k yellow gold that the only metal exposed are the tiny burrs that hold the stones in place. This antique heart pendant is accompanied by a later date 14k yellow gold chain.
Condition: Very good; back has light to medium wear and light surface scratching, a tiny edge dent and one small nick; front is excellent with expected light variations to the coloration.
Hallmarks: Chain is marked “14k”
Measurements: 1-3/16 inches (3 cm) in length including two top “O” fittings and just shy of 1 inch (2.4 cm) without by 7/8 of an inch (2.3 cm) in width. Chain is 18 inches (45 cm). Together this chain and antique pendant have a weight of 8.2 grams (5.3 dwt).
Date: Circa 1880 – 1890; chain is more modern.
Overall Scale: Small