Flower Bright: Antique Garnet & Chrysoberyl Pendant
Brought into the Old World by the Spanish and Portuguese during the 18th century, chrysoberyl was a featured gemstone for the Iberian Peninsula.
England was one of the few countries that used chrysoberyl with garnets for their jewelry.
Using that spectacular combination in a pendant of 14k yellow gold, an oval faceted garnet (9 mm by 7 mm) with an estimated weight of 1.8 carats is surrounded by eight (8) chrysoberyl gem petals of a mouthwatering yellow. These stones have a high reflective index and consequently sparkle a great deal for their size. Accompanied by a fine rolo chain of 14k.
Date: Circa 1850; modern for the chain.
Measurements: Pendant is 1 inch (2.6 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) in width. Chain is 16 inches (40.6 cm) in total length. Weight of 3.6 grams (2.3 dwt) for pendant and chain.
Condition: Excellent; later bale and attachment point; modern chain.
Origin: Possibly English.
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.
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