History reveals that many "modern" innovations were often part of a landscape from a deeper time.
Pavé set gems were "introduced" in the early part of the 20th century - a near miracle with the nearly invisibly set gems nestled against one another. The metal was non-existent or so it seemed to the observer.
Yet, in the mid and later 18th century the Portuguese rivaled these highly accomplished modern jewelers for this art form.
Akin to paving stones of luminescence, here are the finest chrysoberyls cut into the geometric form of a pale, yellow green shield. Typical in shape, they are often larger along one end to accommodate the convex curve of the surface.
Fifty gemstones are hand cut in patterns to fit perfectly together with only a sliver of silver between. For visual impact, each is foiled and set within the metal to illuminate these fiery beauties. At the edge--that characteristic touch of the Portuguese--a beaded 10k rose gold border.
Formerly a brooch or perhaps slide, it was converted to a pendant with the addition of a rose gold fitting.
See “Five Centuries of Jewellery National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon" on page 89 for near exact examples. Now very scarce and highly collectible, priced for its subtle condition issues.