Beautiful Art Nouveau Pearl and peridot Pendant
This Art Nouveau pendant is crafted in 15ct gold
To the centre a wonderful lime green peridot is surrounded by openwork floral designer set with pretty little seed pearl
This charming pendant looks fabulous when worn
- The pendant is 3.5cm (1 1/2″) long including bale and 2.5cm (1″)wide
- Central peridot 6mm seed pearls 2.5mm
- It is marked 15ct gold on the reverse
- It weighs 3.2 grams
- It dates to around 1900
- It is in excellent condition
- It comes in the presentation box illustrated.
- Our Ref 2318
In the past peridot was called olivine. It is often mis-identified as chrysolite, a yellow – green chrysoberyl. The finest peridot is a deep apple green colour and was first found on the Isle of St John in the Red Sea. Peridot has been used in jewellery at least since the Roman times. Most peridot available today is of Victorian extraction or later. In the 1700s peridot was used to decorate fob chain ornaments and objects of virtue. In the early and mid-Victorian times ladies wore complete parures, tiara, necklace, earrings, brooch, bracelets, and ring. At the end of the 19th century peridot found favour in 9ct and 15ct open work pendants, often in the presence of pearls.
Pearls, amber and coral are precious gems produced by plants and animals. These gems are adored because they are so attractive and rare and have thus been worn as jewellery for thousands of years. The most highly prized and the most expensive of this group are the fabulous and amazing pearls, they have one unique quality, which is, they can be worn by anyone, at any time, in any situation!
Factors affecting the price of pearls.
Pearl types, Lustre, thickness of nacre, colour, shape, size, surface quality, treatment status. The most expensive type of pearl is the natural pearl, these were the only type available until about 1900, when Mikimoto started to produce cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are from farmed oysters, whereas natural pearls come from “wild” oysters. Also, we have sea water pearls from the oceans and fresh water pearls from the rivers and streams. Seed pearls were very small pearls used extensively in Victorian jewellery. Artificial pearls are made from many materials often coloured glass.
Pearls are traditionally the birth stone for June.
Care of your antique pearl necklace.
Pearls are delicate and can easily be damaged, pearl is just 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. They should be wrapped in cloth or tissue so as not to be scratched by other hard objects or jewellery.
Also, pearls are not resistant to sprays and perfumes.