Dating back to the 17th century, a slide is a type of jewel with two open fittings through which a ribbon can be threaded. The front can be ornate with one or two vertical bars attached to the reverse.
Although similar to a buckle, the slide does not have a center prong or tongue and is traditionally worn on the neck or sometimes the wrist.
The bow form dates back to the 17th century and held strong throughout the Georgian period (1714 - 1830) and remains a popular motif to this day. Ranging in styles from classic to playful, it is nevertheless a quintessential feminine motif. The bow element played a major role as a theme, weaving in and out of the history of jewelry.
Here, a slide pendant circa 1850 clearly illustrates the staying power of this iconic form. Rose gold over silver for the reverse with silver front, is made into gentle loops set with clear white pastes.
French in origin, a large paste acts as a center of gravity to the loops and acts as surmount for a teardrop shape paved with clear pastes. The reverse reveals two vertical bars through which to lace an expanse of ribbon. Timeless, sophisticated, sensual all in a simple bow worn at the neck.