Superb Antique Emerald Diamond Pendant
Extraordinary Victorian workmanship characterizes this classic pendant of 15k yellow gold. A very fine large natural emerald (9 mm by 8 mm) of an estimated 1.5 carats shows its exceptionally rich color and saturation and good to very good clarity (a few inclusions but overall the view through the emerald is clear) within a yellow gold setting defined by superb cannetille gold work.
In all ten (10) diamonds, nine (9) old mine and one rose cut diamonds with an estimated total weight of .74 carats read very white with one slightly more golden (I-J color and M-N color; VS2-SI2 clarity). The sparkling diamonds and evocative emerald provide a symphonic harmony of color to symmetry and style as a trio of cultured saltwater pearls (untested and may be natural saltwater pearls) with fine surface and good luster are crowned with cannetille gold canopies toll as bells on a Sunday morning. The reverse reveals a removable bale and fold down hinge.
Accompanying the brooch is the original maroon leather box with interior of cream silk and velvet.
Photographs other than in hand and in box were taken with light showing through the emerald to highlight its clarity. The emerald appears darker and richer in person and closer to the box or hand shot.
Date: Circa 1860.
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Measurements: 1-5/8 inches (4.2 cm) in length by 7/8 of an inch (2.0 cm) at the widest. Weight of 5.2 grams (3.4 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; emerald is lightly included; later fold down bale fitting added to reverse with a tad of silver solder showing at base. Box has light to medium overall wear and scratches; interior stained especially velvet.
Origin: Most likely English or European.
Note: Stones were not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. All weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weights. Grading may vary if stones are removed.
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