Spanish Splendor - 18th C. Emerald Pendant
It seems as though the scarcity of 18th century jewelry increases exponentially each week. Consequently it is with delight that The Three Graces is very pleased to present a superb pendant from that period. Most likely from the Iberian region of Europe (perhaps Spain), the pendant is an 18k yellow gold jewel with diamonds and emerald.
Floral and flora motifs were in evidence throughout almost the entire 18th century and this is no exception with its stylized leaf and branch motifs. Typical in construction and all hand made, there are three parts all set with rose and table cut diamonds and mounted in rub over settings where each stone foiled and the closed settings evident with the domed backs evident on the reverse of the bottom drop.
The top section displays one table cut diamond and twenty (20) rose cuts; the middle section ten (10) rose cut diamonds and two (2) table cuts; all twelve (12) of the gems in the bottom drop are table cuts (one of the earliest forms of diamond cuts; see our section Jewelry History titled "Antique Diamond Cuts"). A magnificent faceted emerald is centrally mounted in the bottom pendant drop. In addition, please note the hand engraving to the reverse.
Measurements: 3-7/16 inches (3.9 cm) in length by 1-9/16 inches (3.9 cm) at the widest or the top and bottom. Emerald is 7.4 mm in diameter. Weight of 15.8 grams (10.2 dwt).
Hallmarks: Indistinct hallmark to the reverse.
Condition: Very good; bottom drop top loop soldered closed for security (formerly removable and could be again if desired); some light indentations to reverse at bottom drop; later pendant "O" fitting, later tube hinge and portion of "C" clasp which we have left if desired for restoration as a brooch. Emerald possibly replaced or reinforced within bezel.
Date & Origin: Circa mid 18th century and is most likely Spanish in origin.
Overall Scale: Large
Note: No diamond or gem weights are provided as their depth cannot be measured for an accurate estimate.