18KT Gold Pietra Dura Pendant with White Agate Flowers
This is a stunning Italian Pietra Dura (or hard stone) pendant from the 1880's, made in Italy. The bale and pendant are made of 18 karat gold, and are of the highest quality jewelry. Pietra Dura designs are different from mosaic stone jewelry, but often mistaken for it. In Pietra Dura, thinly laid pieces of stone are polished to a shiny finish and are made of semi-precious stones. On this pendant we see two beautiful white flowers with petals made of white banded-agate, or possibly white marble. The leaves are made of jasper, and a background is made of black marble. The black marble pendant is beveled and set into a 18K frame that has many detail seed pearls of creamy gray hues surrounding it, creating a crisp and bright oval border. The oval pendant measures 1-3/8 by 1-5/8 of an inch.The bale measures 1/2 an inch and is a superb piece in its own right. it is also yellow gold, but has some ornate floral black enamel work that complements the dark black oval background made of black marble. This pendant is elegant, and is in great condition for its age. The skills required to make a Pietra Dura art work are of the highest craftsmanship, little seen in jewelry making today. This is a master-piece of jewelry, displaying unsurpassable standards of workmanship, making this piece a highly desirable collector's item.
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