An exquisite antique Georgian 18ct gold, amethyst and pearl pendant complete with its original very long box chain hailing from the Regency era.
Circa 1810, this incredible necklace features a teardrop shaped pendant set with a pear cut amethyst. The amethyst is open backed and a beautiful glowing violet colour. It is framed by a row of gold beads and creamy pearls that are nestled in fluted gold cup cake settings. The back of the pendant is pillowed and constructed in 2 parts with an open porthole to allow light to shine through the amethyst enhancing its sparkle.
A handmade rope length box chain measuring a full 41" completes this gorgeous piece. The chain has no clasp, it goes over the head and can be worn doubled if you wish. If worn as a single strand it will reach to about waist level depending on your height. The chain is a fairly heavy gauge and is attached to the top of the pendant with 2 jump rings. Every link has been made by hand so there are tiny areas where you can see dots of gold solder that join the links together.
The necklace is in very, very good antique condition with light surface wear as expected in a 200 year old necklace but it has been very well cared for. The amethyst has natural feathery inclusions on the inside and a couple very fine surface scratches under magnification, the pearls are secure in their settings and the chain flows free with no kinks.
An exquisite all original Georgian pendant necklace which would have perfectly suited the empire line high waisted silk gowns of the Regency period, it would have been worn long as a signature piece or one of several jewels layered and worn at the same time.
MATERIALS: 18ct yellow gold, acid tested
GEMSTONES: Presidium tested, natural amethyst, pear cut approx. 18x12mm, natural pearls 2.5mm diameter
MEASUREMENTS: : chain measures 20-1/2" (52cm) down each side (total length 41"/104cm) and 1.2mm wide. The pendant measures 1" (2.6cm) tall, 5/8" (2cm) wide and 6mm deep.
WEIGHT: 13.2 grams.
HALLMARKS: none, acid tested
DATE: Georgian/Regency circa 1810
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