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18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant

Story

It is always a bit miraculous when jewelry comes down through the centuries looking as vibrant as it did way back when.

This 18th-century pendant is remarkable for just that and surprising for its wearable size. The 18th century in Europe was nothing if not grand (sometimes beyond belief). No exceptions were the scale of jewels and adornment of the wealthy and elite.

Two quintessential motifs of that period were the bow (and ribbon), and the teardrop shape. Both comprise the essence of this three-part pendant in silver.

As if lit from within, these Brazilians' chrysoberyls dot the entire surface. Entirely handmade, there are 68 chrysoberyls tightly set around the pendant.

The top with its bow and ribbon theme, the middle and teardrop or pear-shaped dangle, all glow with that indescribable green yellow, highly refractive chrysoberyls. Clear and fine, they are all original and have kept their clear, distinct sheen.

Weighty metal work with sculptural, three-dimensional shapes to the reverse, so identifiable in many pieces of the period, are carved in silver. Several small elements are gold: the top "O" fitting, at the central bow, and the two hooks.

The two drops can be removed, but best only by a jeweler.

This was likely part of a large suite of jewelry or an earring.

Note: The photographs are closest to the color in person; the video alters the color a bit but shows the refraction!

18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant 18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant
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18th Century Fine Chrysoberyl Pendant

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Date: Circa 1780.

Measurements: Length of 2 inches and 1 13/16 inches without top "O" fitting and 7/8 inches wide. Weight of 10.3 grams.

Condition: Excellent, later top fitting.

Origin: Iberian, Spanish or Portuguese.

Story

It is always a bit miraculous when jewelry comes down through the centuries looking as vibrant as it did way back when.

This 18th-century pendant is remarkable for just that and surprising for its wearable size. The 18th century in Europe was nothing if not grand (sometimes beyond belief). No exceptions were the scale of jewels and adornment of the wealthy and elite.

Two quintessential motifs of that period were the bow (and ribbon), and the teardrop shape. Both comprise the essence of this three-part pendant in silver.

As if lit from within, these Brazilians' chrysoberyls dot the entire surface. Entirely handmade, there are 68 chrysoberyls tightly set around the pendant.

The top with its bow and ribbon theme, the middle and teardrop or pear-shaped dangle, all glow with that indescribable green yellow, highly refractive chrysoberyls. Clear and fine, they are all original and have kept their clear, distinct sheen.

Weighty metal work with sculptural, three-dimensional shapes to the reverse, so identifiable in many pieces of the period, are carved in silver. Several small elements are gold: the top "O" fitting, at the central bow, and the two hooks.

The two drops can be removed, but best only by a jeweler.

This was likely part of a large suite of jewelry or an earring.

Note: The photographs are closest to the color in person; the video alters the color a bit but shows the refraction!

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