Circa 1910, an exquisite Edwardian Arts & Crafts sterling silver leaf pendant with a natural freshwater pearl drop.
Superb quality with an incredible level of skilled hand wrought workmanship the pendant is the form of a water lily and amazingly lifelike with every leaf vein visible. A beautiful baroque pearl dangles from the base. It has a built in double bale for wear as a pendant and suspends from an elegant silver curb chain but it also a pin back should you wish to wear it as a brooch.
Because of the incredible detailing we think this piece was created using the lost wax casting method also known as cire perdure. One of the oldest methods of jewellery making around, this ancient technique dates back to the 3rd century BC. The pendant does have a makers mark on the back but we are unfamiliar with it.
Fabulous piece, a unique antique gem, iconic of Art Nouveau design and the high level of craftmanship evident in the best Arts and Crafts jewellery, just gorgeous!
MATERIALS: 925 sterling silver
GEMSTONE: Natural pearl, 6.8mm diameter
MEASUREMENTS: 1-1/4" wide, 1-1/2" long (32x40mm)
MARKS: pendant stamped '925' and a stylised makers mark, perhaps 'aa' or 'ee', chain stamped 'sterling' on the clasp
DATE: Edwardian, circa 1910
WEIGHT: pendant and chain 8.5 grams total
CONDITION: Condition is excellent with no wear to the pearl and the pin back in perfect working order.
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