Georgian Aquamarine Cannetille Cross
Fine cannetille work is a cardinal sign of Georgian jewelry crafted from 1810 to 1835 or a bit later. If you can recognize that workmanship you are well on the way to being able to date correctly an item of jewelry made during a specific period in the long span (1714 – 1840) of what is termed the Georgian period.
This classic form of a cross is an excellent example of the use of cannetille to embellish a jewelry work of art. All original, a brooch pendant cross of 15k yellow gold is accented with five (5) large faceted oval and cushion cut natural aquamarines. Each stone has been foiled, set in a bezel and mounted closed back. Labor-intensive cannetille work consisting of fine spun gold frills, beehives and large open work rosettes as well as granulated gold orbs decorate the cruciform.
The reverse reveals the typical bulbous domes of the closed back setting, the original steel pin stem, C clasp and tube hinge. Please note that in reality the aquamarines are slightly bluer than they appear in our photographs.
Date: Circa 1820.
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Measurements: 2-1/2 inches (6.3 cm) in length including bale by 2 inches (5.1 cm) in width. Weight of 18.4 grams (11.8) dwt.
Condition: Excellent for its age; slight bending of pin stem and C clasp; very tiny amount of spotting to foiling visible upon very close inspection or with magnification, otherwise very fine.
Origin: Most likely English.
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