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18th century Iberian bow pendant with diamond pastes

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This early pendant, most likely from Iberian Peninsula (Spain or Portugal), dates from the 1700’s. It tests as low karat gold, however, may be a heavy gold wash.

It is a two-part pendant, the top section being a bow shape, engraved or cast with floral and foliage designs, and closed-back set with four, diamond-like square silvered glass ‘gems’ around a larger square gem. Suspended from this via a tongue is a cruciform shaped drop, made in the same fashion as the bow section, closed-back set with 8 ‘gems’ of alternating size around a larger gem in the center.

The reflections are bright and clean, almost like Vauxhall glass jewels.

The pendant, now hanging from a silk cord, measures 2 5/16” overall, and at the widest point measures 1 ½”.

[At that time, as now, women loved jewels—and an impressive look. European goldsmiths could make something spectacular out of a small amount of material, using thin sheets of gold or silver to make jewels, decorating them with glass stones which looked like gems. Sometimes gilded silver was used, and shapes varied from country to country.]

Price: $725

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Inventory #26661

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