This Georgian Paste "pelican in her piety" French Silver medal is a truly rare one-of-a-kind Paste pendant. This large statement jewel is steeped in symbolism, reflecting its original military prowess.
The hand-painted Mother of Pearl details are truly astounding! On the front of the pendant is a "pelican in her piety" a traditional Biblical symbol of self-sacrifice and religious love. On the reverse is an equally symbolic painting of a rose and cross with "INRI" atop. These initials are referencing the Latin name of Jesus meaning "Jesus, King of the Jews". We can imagine that this medal was once awarded to a prolific soldier, and today you can still admire this piece in all its entirety.
ERA: Georgian (1714-1837).
MEASUREMENTS: Pendant 75mm long including jump ring.
White Paste gems graduate from 2mm diameter to 4mm diameter.
Green Paste 3mm diameter.
Mother of Pearl "Pelican in Her Piety" 20mm diameter.
MATERIALS: 800 Silver, White Paste, Green Paste, Handpainted Mother of Pearl.
HALLMARKS: Tests as 800 Silver throughout.
VERY GOOD: This Georgian Paste "The Pelican in her Piety" French Silver medal is an incredibly moving and rare historical piece. All of the Paste gems are secure, with no major signs of wear to note. One of the Paste gems at the top of the crown does appear slightly more yellow in colour, but this is imperceptible when worn. However, both the handpainted Mother of Pearl are exquisite. In fact, they are in such good condition that it looks almost modern with a holographic feel. However, we can attest that this is over 200 years old, and is the perfect addition to a Georgian jewellery collector's collection.