This colorful Holbeinesque revival pendant dates to around the 1870’s. Neo-Renaissance jewelry became popular after the 1862 International Exhibition in London, where many exhibitors displayed Holbeinesque revival pieces. Masterfully crafted in gleaming 18k gold, this pendant / brooch is centered by a lustrous 8mm pearl encircled by a colorful guilloche enamel band, bordered in vibrant buff-cut turquoise, punctuated by shimmering old mine cut diamonds at the cardinal points. The outermost frame is composed of eight lustrous pearls seated snugly inside cobalt blue and cherry red guilloche enamel bezels, separated by colorful segments of enamel. From the base of the pendant swings a pearl and enamel drop. A rare and ravishing piece of jewelry.
Measurements: 2 3/8” (without bail) x 1 3/8”
Pearls: 6 mm outermost ring, 8 mm central pearl
Weight: 28.3 grams
Notes: The oval 18k gold ring that is suspended form the bail is a more recent addition. Please note there is minor wear to the red guilloche from where the pearl drop swings. Chain shown is not included.