E745 Early PeridotPeridot and Seed Pearl Pendant:


The pendants' setting is handmade of 9 karat yellow gold wirework. The gold wire was formed by mixing gold with platinum as an alloy. Cutting the pounded flat gold into narrow lengths, then pulling each length through a wood form to make the wire a consistent size, then flatting each wire for the creation of the pendant. The foliate pendant is set with natural Peridot gems. The center Peridot is one carat, it is round cut and bezel set with gold. Another Peridot gemstone is pear-shaped, bezel-set, and added to the bottom of the pendant as a dangle; this Peridot is .25 points of a carat. There are eight seed pearls set in the pendant at 2 mm each.
Information on Peridot:
The vivid green of the Peridot, with just a slight hint of gold, is the ideal gemstone color to go with that light summer wardrobe. No wonder – since the PeridotPeridot is the gemstone of the summer month of August.
The PeridotPeridot is an ancient gemstone, and one, which has become very popular again today. It is so ancient that it can be found in Egyptian jewelry from the early 2nd millennium B.C. The stones used at that time came from a deposit on a small volcanic island in the Red Sea, some 45 miles off the Egyptian coast at Aswan.
Pearl History: Pearls played a 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. The pendant is 2 inches long, including the bale, and 1 1/2 of an inch wide. The goldwork, Pearls, and Peridot are in excellent condition and strong to wear.

Price: $780.00