Ornate Victorian Onyx and Rose Cut Diamond Pendant
What an exquisite piece of jewelry! This pendant, at first glance, is just undeniably beautiful. Yet when you take a moment to look closely and admire all its intricacies you soon realize it is so much more than just “beautiful”. It was made in the Victorian era, circa 1860 to 1890, and represents an example of mourning jewelry. It combines 18k yellow gold, sterling silver, glossy black onyx and 46 glittering rose cut diamonds. The hand carved silver flower that embellishes the onyx has a shallow curve to its petals which creates a three-dimensional effect. Each of the eight petals is set with two rose cut diamonds while the center displays a single rose cut diamond that is enclosed in its own little flower-shaped mounting. The cascading garland-like crown is simply incredible. Every diamond studded scroll and twirl was carved by hand with the highest level of detail, enhancing the undulating surfaces with a beautiful texture. The 18k bezel that encases the onyx was hand chased with an ornate palmetto pattern. At the very top of the crown is a fleur-de-lis detail behind which is a hidden bale that is large enough to accommodate a chain that measures up to 2mm thick. The edge of the bale is where you’ll find the 18k hallmark. The back of the pendant was later mounted with an 18k pin mechanism that measures 1” from hinge to clasp. This allows you the option of wearing as either a necklace or a brooch. If you plan to wear it exclusively as a necklace please let me know. My personal recommendation in that case would be to have the pin removed. As a pendant it will sit much nicer without it and seeing as it was a later addition anyway I feel comfortable suggesting this alteration. The measurements are as follows:
North to South: 2”
East to West: 1-5/8”
Weight: 22.1g (18k and silver combined)
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of fine jewelry. Exquisitely made and exceptionally preserved! And considering it’s roughly 150 years old (!!!) it’s has a surprisingly modern appeal.