This superb Belle Epoche French Paste pendant is set with countless sparkling gems and is one of the largest pendants of its kind we've ever seen! With its delicate openwork details and beautiful floral design, it's bound to make you feel like the belle of the ball!
As we've said before the details in these period pieces is really what makes them, and this gorgeous Paste pendant is certainly no exception.
The tiny millegraine edges, elegant gem-set bale and the lustre of the Pearl centre all combine to produce a lively and enchanting piece of Belle Epoche Jewellery, and the French boar's head hallmark firmly sets it as an original piece of antique French jewellery.
The pendant comes with a 25" solid Silver chain.
"La Belle Epoche" or "The Beautiful Era" as it is known to the Western world is understood to have overseen a large period of history; from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the beginning of World War l in 1914, but the Belle Epoche era is more commonly known to have coincided with the Edwardian era.
From 1900 to 1910 we saw the English King Edward and his trend-setting Queen Alexandra influence fashion and jewellery throughout the world, and it is during this time that the Belle Epoche really came into its own- showcasing the most elegant, light and delicate Diamond jewellery where fine openwork settings and filigree work abounded in a largely monochrome colour palette.
ERA: Edwardian / Belle Epoche c.1900- 1910
MEASUREMENTS: 43mm in diameter x 5mm deep
The Pearl is 3mm in diameter
The Pastes graduate from 1mm in diameter up to 3mm in diameter
The chain is 63cm or 25" long
Weight: 14.7g, or 19.9g inc. chain
MATERIALS: Quality French Silver, Paste, Pearl.
HALLMARKS: The "tete de sanglier" or French boar's head stamp indicates Silver of at least 800 fineness, unknown French Maker's Mark (possibly "JC").
EXCELLENT: A supremely beautiful Belle Epoche French paste pendant, complete with 25"chain, in excellent condition. The overall look and presence of the piece are superb and it has quality craftsmanship throughout. We can still see all of the tiny details in the setting and the Paste gems are bright and secure. The small blsiter Pearl center is also in excellent condition with a luminous lustre, and the chain is still strong with the bolt ring working perfectly.