This rare Georgian Queen Anne Coque de Perle brooch pendant is really quite something! Inlaid with three large Coque de Perle and a halo of faceted Pyrite gems, this brooch pendant was at the height of 18th century luxury.
Contrary to the name, Coque de Perle is an 18th century French term for the pearlescent shell of East Indian Nautilus shells. These styles of jewel were incredibly popular amongst the Georgian and 18th century French elite, making this piece all the more remarkable today.
ERA: Georgian, c.1740-1780.
MEASUREMENTS: Pendant 54mm long including jump ring.
Pendant 48mm long x 26mm wide.
Coque De Perle graduates from 14mm long x 9mm wide, to 16.5mm long x 11mm wide.
Faceted Pyrite gems graduate from 1mm diameter to 2mm diameter.
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Solid 12ct Gold. Faceted Pyrite, Coque Du Perle.
HALLMARKS: Tests as Sterling Silver throughout with solid 12ct Gold pin.
VERY GOOD: This rare Georgian Queen Anne Coque de Perle brooch pendant is in incredible condition for her long life! Both the Coque de Perle and the faceted Pyrite gems are in great nick, with the original lustre and life still within them. It is important to remember that this piece is potentially 250 years of age, so any minute surface level scratches or dings are easily forgiven. We believe that this was originally a pendant from a larger suite of jewels, with the 12ct Gold brooch pin an early 20th century addition. Nevertheless, you must look after this piece, by keeping it away from makeup, lotions, perfume and hairspray, as the chemicals and acids would easily damage these organic materials. With this in mind, please only reserve her for special occasions, but what an impressive statement piece this brooch pendant is!