E512 Large 15 Karat Gold Pendant set with Diamonds and Pearls, comes with an 18 karat Gold Chain:


E512

Handmade Cast of 15 karat yellow gold, this pendant has some weight to it. The over all motif is floral which is set with three 10 point diamonds that or Old European Cut and two 4 mm natural ocean pearls. The circa date for this pendant is Mid-19th Century.

Diamond History:
Diamonds, known for over 3000 years, were probably first found in India as loose stones associated with the sand and gravel of riverbeds For centuries they were thought to possess magical powers, no doubt because of their hardness and luster, and were kept, uncut, as sacred objects or important treasures of state by the religious and political leaders of the day. Being regarded as a talisman that would lose their powers if they were altered in any way. It wasn't until the 11th century that diamonds were first worn, in their uncut form, as adornments. However, with the use of diamonds in jewelry, sometime in the 13th century it became known that grinding and polishing of the rough crystal could enhance a diamond’s appearance.
This was achieved by polishing with diamond dust at angles varying slightly from those of the original octahedral faces to form a point cut. A major advance in faceting came about with the introduction of the polishing wheel, in the middle of the 14th century. This led the way for brighter diamonds with increased facet pattern complexity.

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, and 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). In the Georgian time period and much earlier, finding a valuable pearl requires as much luck as skill. And in their quest for both pearls and mother-of-pearl, people have sometimes taken extraordinary measures. For many centuries, divers for marine pearls had to outmaneuver sharks and other dangers to locate the pearl oysters they hoped would contain natural pearls. The small seed pearl was desired by England and the Eastern United States.
The Pendant, pearls, and diamonds are in excellent condition and strong to wear. This pendant comes with a new 18 -karat yellow gold chain of 18 inches long. This is a beautiful Victorian Pendant.

Price: $1,700.00