Hancocks of London - Hobeinesque Pendant
Hancocks & Co. was founded in 1849 and continues to this day as one of London’s leading jewelers. Very early in its inception, Hancocks was awarded a royal warrant from HRH Victoria who became a devoted client. It is known to have some of the finest jewelry available to this day.
The Three Graces is please to present a magnificent Holbeinesque pendant created by the prestigious Hancocks of London. Holbeinesque jewelry is directly influenced by the Renaissance in terms of overall shape and decoration.
Following in that tradition, the 14k to 18k yellow gold pendant is oval and suspends a lozenge shape drop. Each section is set with a cabochon moonstone surrounded with a border of superlative polychrome champlevé enamel on both the front and reverse.
The moonstone set within the central element is a very unusual cut as a six sided polygon cabochon banded by a thin gold bezel. Its surround is a variety of emerald green, cobalt blue and touches of white enamel floral motifs interspersed with six (6) gorgeous old mine cut diamonds of approximately .25 carats each and cut very deeply for a total estimated diamond weight of 1.5 carats.
The drop is set with a four-sided moonstone cabochon mirroring the lozenge shape and surrounded with a curvilinear perimeter of red and green enamel punctuated by a small triangular cut diamond at the most southern point. The surmount is an oval of alternating cobalt blue and burnt sienna hued enamel sections.
Thee reverse is completely decorated in enamel with designs of Tudor roses and leaves encircling the entire perimeter of the central element. If you look closely you can see the metal work underneath the enamel – almost as if a guilloche.
For very similar examples, please refer to page 52 of “The Master Jewelers” by A. Kenneth Snowman.
Measurements: 2-7/8 inches (7.6 cm) in length including added removable top "O" fitting and 2-11/16 inches (6.7 cm) without by 1-1/8 inches (3 cm) at the widest. Weight of 18.2 grams (11.7 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; a few natural inclusions in both moonstones; tiny chip on the back of small moonstone. Enamel is in superb condition. The top ring is possibly later, clicks open and is quite beautifully made; the gold color is a bit more rose when viewed closely and can be easily removed if so desired.
Date & Origin: Circa 1870 and is English in origin from Hancock of London.
Overall Scale: Large
Note: All diamond weights are approximate as the stones have not been removed in order to preserve the integrity of the setting.