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Queen Anne silver double pendant in crystals and diamond paste

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This rare 'Queen Anne' double-drop pendant circa 1740 - 1760 is quite beautiful and suspended from a strand of baroque pearls.

The sparkling rock crystals and diamond pastes are set in foiled, silver closed-back settings, the large oval on top, the slightly smaller one at the bottom, each with an oval stone at the center and two stone halos.

There are silver stems fitted with small, foiled stone leaves at the sides where the two ovals meet.

The pendant measures 1 1/2 inches long and 1 1/8 inches wide at the widest point, the length of the necklace is 18 inches.

Evidence of old fitting to reverse (tiny opening for a backwire?) suggests that this amazing piece was created form an earring, most likely converted when its mate was lost, or when a pair of earrings was the most important possession of a woman who wanted to pass her jewels to two daughters—what to do? A glorious, sparkling “make-do” pendant! A very clever way to have saved, and be able to wear, a piece which is almost 300 years old.

Though Queen Anne reigned 1702 – 1714, the style of jewelry created after her passing is generally referred to as ‘Queen Anne.’   

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Price: $895

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Inventory #25732

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