This antique French enamel pendant is simply breathtaking!
Crafted by the most skilled artisans in the land, this exquisite French enamel pendant features a plethora of material and techniques; from the fine black and white enamel work to the scrummy foiled Amethysts to the gorgeous natural Pearl drops.
The pendant is made from high purity Silver and features two rare French hallmarks, the Swan (import mark) and the Owl, thus dating it quite precisely between the years 1864 and 1893. (From the sweet and dainty polka dot design it was likely an import from eastern Europe, possibly Austria or Hungary.)
The colour of the Amethysts shift between pale and luminous lilacs to deep purples and then flashes of bright and jammy raspberry pink! Combined with the stark black coils of enamel makes for a striking and eloquent one-of-a-kind piece.
ERA: Victorian (1864-1893)
MEASUREMENTS: The necklace is 16" or 41cm long
The drop is 65mm long x 16mm at its widest point
The two large purple Pastes gems are approximately 8mm x 6mm
The smaller purple Pastes are 8mm x 5mm
The green Emerald Paste is 3mm x4mm
The tiny seed Pearl is 2mm in diameter
The natural Pearl drops are 5mm long x 4mm wide
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, natural foiled Amethyst, Emerald Green Paste, Pearl, Enamel.
HALLMARKS: The French Swan hallmark was used from 1864 until 1893 to denote foreign Silver goods that were imported into France. The French Owl.
VERY GOOD / EXCELLENT: This fine Amethyst drop pendant is an exquisite piece of antique Silver jewellery. It's stood the test of time with grace and looks just as wonderful as it did 150 years ago. The Amethyst gems are simply flawless, with a beautiful colour and amazing sparkle. The foil backs are intact so the colours change as you move- drawing the eye of many an admirer as you go, and the quality of the enamel work is second to none!
There is a tiny chip near the corner of the Emerald Paste and a small amount of wear to parts of the enamel. (Some to the white enamel to the right-hand side of the central Amethyst, and some just below it). This is quite minor but worth mentioning. The majority of the enamel is intact and where it remains it appears solid and not fragile or papery. All in all, this is an exceptionally rare piece of antique French jewellery that will only increase in rarity and value as the years go by.