This rare Victorian "Harlequin" multi-gem drop pendant is a firework of colour! Inlaid with a myriad of gemstones, from Garnets to Topaz, this is an exemplary piece of antique harlequin jewellery.
Harlequin jewels are a must-have for any antique collector. Inspired by the multi-coloured Italian Harlequin costumes of the Commedia Dell'arte, these jewels are nothing short of playful, likely commissioned by Victorian tourists in Italy and gentlemen on their grand tour! This pendant in particular is inlaid with 4 different colours of Garnet with a superb smooth Turquoise cabochon star at the centre.
ERA: Victorian, c.1900.
MEASUREMENTS: Pendant measures 57mm long x 34mm wide (including bale and drop).
Each gemstone graduates from 5.5mm diameter to 6mm diameter.
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, 9ct Gold Back. Red Garnet, Pink Garnet, Pale Green Yellow Garnet, Brown Garnet, Amethyst, Cornflower Blue Sapphire, Green Zircon, Pale Blue Topaz, Orange Paste, Turquoise.
HALLMARKS: Tests as Sterling Silver with 9ct Gold Back.
EXCELLENT: This rare Victorian "harlequin" multi-gem drop pendant is in sublime condition. It is incredibly rare to find authentic Harlequin jewels today, due to their niche influence and combination of gemstones, yet this lovely piece has stood the test of time! All of the gemstones shine out from the antique Silver patina, with no chips or scratches to note. This pendant used to be a brooch, as you can see at the back and the removable Paste drop and Garnet bale.