An exquisite antique 14ct gold diamond and Bristol blue glass "Bague Au Firmament" style pendant hailing from the late Georgian, early Victorian period
The pendant is crafted in rich buttery 14ct yellow gold with a cut out fretwork border engraved in line patterns and it has a wide fanned bail that will accommodate most chains. The front features a curved oval plaque of vibrant Bristol blue glass (known as opaline glass in France), which is a rich blue antique glass coloured with cobalt oxide to create its distinctive hue and vibrancy.
The blue glass cabochon is decorated with a silver rococo bow motif set with 3 old mine cut diamonds.
This lovely antique pendant is in a jewellery style that became fashionable around 1758 after Halley's comet was seen and new planets and asteroids were being discovered all the time. The blue glass and diamonds represent the celestial night sky. Marie Antoinette popularised blue glass and diamond jewellery in a ring she wore called the 'Bague au Firmament' (ring of the heavens).
Please note the chain is not included in the purchase.
MATERIALS: 14ct yellow gold, sterling silver
GEMSTONE: 3 mine cut diamonds, Presidium tested, Bristol blue glass
DATE: Georgian/Victorian, circa 1830
HALLMARKS: Stamped on the ring connecting the bail '585' for 14ct gold along with another indistinct stamp
MEASUREMENTS: height 1-1/2" (3.75cm) including the bail, width 5/8" (2cm), the bail at the top is 9x5mm
WEIGHT: 4.7 grams
CONDITION: Very, very good antique condition with minimal signs of any real wear, the engraving still lovely and crisp. There is a very minor chip on the back of the glass where the bow is pegged in, it doesn't affect integrity or wear, please see photos. Please note the chain is not included
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