Ornate Ruby Set Tiger Claw Pendant
More elaborate than the typical British Raj era claw set jewelry, this pendant establishes a new standard. Although jacketed with the “expected” rose gold cap, the artisan took his craft to new heights with gorgeous textured gold leaves and wire work interlaced around three claw set natural rubies. Even the very tip of the claw has a canopy of textured gold ornamented with delicate cannetille florets.
Measurements: Claw length is 1-7/16 inches (3.6 cm) in length including top bale by 13/16 of an inch (2.2 cm) at the widest. This antique pendant has a weight of 4.2 grams (2.7 dwt).
Condition: Very good; claw has natural striations and a natural ridge on the front side; back of top cap has some indentations (see photograph).
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is British Raj or Indian in origin.
Overall Scale: Small to medium