Antique Turquoise & Pearl Brooch Pendant
Shades of archaeological revival and 19th century design work characterize this wonderfully large and precious 18k yellow gold brooch pendant. As was typical during this era, brooches were often made with an additional fitting for a pendant. This particular example has a removable bale which can be slid off from the jewel or the pin stem unscrews for versatility.
Merely superb in construction and craftsmanship, the pendant radiates from nine (9) centrally set natural half seed pearls (untested but guaranteed to be natural) lozenge to a series of tiered levels consisting of lace-life gold tracery, a border of channel set natural turquoise en cabochon to more of the delightful gold filigree capped with a beaded edge. The removable bale echoes with channel set turquoise perimeter dotted with golden orbs. Striking in appearance and large in proportion.
Date: Circa 1900.
Measurements: 2-7/8 of an inch (7.3 cm) in length by 1-3/8 inches (3.5 cm) in width. Weight of 13.3 grams (8.6 dwt).
Hallmarks: Owl mark from France.
Condition: Excellent; top fitting of drop re-attached at some point; one outer edge bead replaced.
Origin: Imported into France.
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