Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: A Pearl, Moonstone and Peridot Pendant, 1815

English, 1815
The Victoria & Albert Museum
This delicate pendant of seed pearls mounted on mother-of-pearl is decorated with moonstones and peridots set in gold. The work of an unknown British jeweler, the piece dates to about 1815 and shows the sensibilities of designs of the time.
There’s a distinct reliance on the natural beauty of the stones that allows them to speak for themselves. It’s an interesting piece in that it demonstrates the ideals of the Rococo with a definite nod toward what was then modern design.

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