During the early 1800s archeologists discovered ancient Etruscan burial sites rich with gold jewelry. These discoveries sparked a great curiosity and interest and resulted in a revival of Etruscan style jewels in Victorian times.
This dramatic Etruscan revival pendant is fashioned of 14k bloomed gold. The pendant has a center star design with nine half pearls outlined by a cobalt blue enamel border. Tiny twisted wires radiate out from the center and each ends with a gold granule (bead). The entire border of the piece is also ornamented with gold granulation work and the bottom rim is accented with a delicate gold fringe. The reverse of this piece features a locket back with a removable glass cover.
This pendant was originally an antique brooch (circa 1850-1870) that our jeweler transformed into a pendant by expertly removing the pin findings and welding on a 14k gold bail.
The piece is unmarked, but acid tests for 14k gold. It measures 2.8 inches from top to bottom by 1.1 inches wide. It is in very good condition; however, there is a tiny hole on the front left side that is an artifact of the original manufacturing process and only noticeable under magnification.
We are providing the option to purchase the pendant with or without the 18 inch 18k gold chain depicted in the photos.
We have many other fantastic offerings of period fine jewelry posted on our Etsy store, so please consider browsing our other items. We send all items in individually packaged gift boxes and offer layaway plans!
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Materials: Gold, Pearl.