BI103 Museum Quality, Sapphire and Pearl Pendant in 18 karat Gold:


BI103

This is a handmade Pendant has a circa date of 1855 to 1860. The setting was created by using 18 karat yellow gold and the lost wax method of casting; this is one of a kind pendant in a floral motif. In this period, gold was mixed with platinum by the goldsmiths which made the 24 karat gold stronger. The setting holds sixteen natural Cornflower Blue Sapphires which are hand cut and handset. Also set are 20 seed pearls at 2mm to 1.75 each. To cut gemstones in this period diamonds were used since the diamond with the hardest element. Three sapphires are 3.5 mm; four are 2.5 mm, five are 3 mm, two are 1.75mm, and two are 1.5 mm.

The Color of Cornflower Blue was the most desired color.
For centuries, the sapphire has been a symbol of faithfulness, truth, sincerity, and nobility. In ancient Greece and Rome, wealthy citizens wore sapphires as protection against harm, and to foster peace with one’s enemies. Thanks to their sky-blue hue, they have also long been associated with the heavens – in fact, ancient lore holds that the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written were made of sapphire. In the modern era, the sapphire encapsulates notions of both royalty and romance, a perception epitomized by Princess Diana’s legendary Ceylon sapphire engagement ring.
The obsession with the sapphire reached its peak in the mid-19th century, during the glory of sapphire mining. The stones were mined in Burma, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar.
More Sapphire Gemstone Information:
The sky is just a gigantic blue sapphire stone into which the earth is embedded – this belief was cherished in ancient times. Does there exist a better image to describe the beauty of an immaculate sapphire of purest blue? This color, which is strongly associated with sapphire, is also linked to emotions such as sympathy and harmony, friendship and loyalty. These emotions belong to features, which are permanent and reliable – emotions where overwhelming and fiery passion is not the main element, but rather composure, mutual understanding, and unshakeable trust. In the Victorian Language of Gemstones Sapphires meant “Innocence.”
“Sapphires were used by the Romans for the development of greater trade with India, at the time of Emperor Trajan. “Sapphire- is the birthstone of September. The hardness of sapphires is 9, and they are considered a precious gemstone. A diamond is a hardness of 10, in comparison.
n the Victorian Language of Gemstones Sapphires meant “Innocence.”
“Sapphires were used by the Romans for the development of greater trade with India, at the time of Emperor Trajan. “Sapphire- is the birthstone of September. The hardness of sapphires is 9, and they are considered a precious gemstone. A diamond is a hardness of 10, in comparison.

Information on Pearls:
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 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. England and the Eastern United States desired the small seed pearl. In the Victorian language of Gems, Pearls represent "Modest Loveliness.
This type of pendant was traditionally given as a wedding gift.
This lovely pendant is 2 1/8 inches tall with the bale and 11/8 inch wide. Pendant and gems are in excellent condition, a beautiful quality work of art.

Price: $2,300.00