7013 Quality and Rare 1850 Pearl Work Pendant Set with a Quarts Gemstone:

Antique Pearl Work Pendant circa 1850
Victorian Handmade Pearl Work Pendant with Gemstone
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The pendant is handmade of natural ocean Seed Pears and sewn on a hand cut template of mother-of-pearl and sewing onto the drilled background with white horse hair. Tiffany and Co. sold Pearl Work in New York. Both Queen Victorian and Mary Todd Lincoln Suits of Pearl work.
This pendant is also quite rare because it is set with a foiled back Quarts (Citrine) hand cut and foiled and set in silver.
The Gemstone is 1 carat in weight. This is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a Bridal Pendant worn on a silk cord or small ribbon. Pearls have a wonderful rich history and a most treasured gem from very early time.
More Pearl History:
Pearls, in fact, played the pivotal role at the most celebrated banquet in literature. To convince Rome that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth that put it above conquest, Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony she could give the most expensive dinner in history. The Roman reclined as the queen sat with an empty plate and a goblet of wine (or vinegar). She crushed one large pearl of a pair of earrings, dissolved it in the liquid, then drank it down. Astonished, Antony declined his dinner—the matching pearl—and admitted she had won. Pliny, the world's first gemologist, writes in his famous Natural History that the two pearls were worth an estimated 60 million sesterces, or 1,875,000 ounces of fine silver ($9,375,000 with silver at $5/ounce)
This Pendant is circa 1850 and 1 ½ inches long by ¾ of an inch wide, it is in excellent condition and a wonderful Pre-Civil War Treasure being very rare to have the gemstone with the Pearl Work piece. This pendant has a current insured value of $2900.00 as of November 2010.

Price: $975.00