Later pietra dura inlay was not cut as accurately and looked crude in comparison to pieces such as this one. Hand cut fine gemstones used to make the central plaque include exquisite untreated natural turquoise of exquisite color, red coral, green chalcedony as well as white and black onyx. Examples such as this pendant are rare to fine on the market today.
It is a multipurpose jewel. It can be worn as a pin or hung on silk velvet or a fine chain as a necklace.
The reverse of the pin pendant has original a locket compartment wherein to place tresses of a loved one or a photo. This fine antique jewel measures 2 1/4" long and is 1 3//8" wide (58mm x 35mm). The locket itself measures 1 5/16" long and is 15/16" wide (34mm x 23mm). It is entirely hand crafted. White gold hasn't been invented in the 1850s and platinum was not used to craft jewelry until the 1890s.
As such silver was used as a precious jewelry making material whenever the desired color of the setting was white. In the exquisitely designed frame for the pietra dura plaquette required vary colored metals including yellow and white. The frame has been exquisitely crafted from fine sterling silver and yellow gold typical for the period.
Aside from it's intrinsic aesthetic beauty and value as a rare antique jewel I adore this pendant for it's romantic sentiment. This superb piece comes with an Appraisal Certificate from a professional gemologist and registered Antique Jewelry Appraiser.
The item "Victorian Pietra Dura Brooch Pin Pendant Antique Italian 14K Gold Silver Floral" is in sale since Tuesday, August 23, 2016. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery".The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.