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This pendant is made in the mid-1800’s and would have been worn with a small ribbon or cord. The lovely work is Repousse in 15 karat yellow gold.
Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite of repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.
While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun "chase", which refers to a groove, furrow, channel, or indentation. The adjectival form is "chased work”
The back and front were fussed together and set with natural hand cut gannets. This type of dainty item could have been at a coming of age gift, and want a custom to be given be a young girls parent in the victorian time period. The largest garnet is 2.75 mm and the three others are graduating smaller in size. The pendant is in excellent condition and strong to wear, the size is 1 3/4 inches long and 1/2 of an inch across.