A stunning vintage, 18 karat yellow gold, black ebony Blackamoor pendant. The pendant is Italian made in the style of Blackamoor jewelry. It dates to the 1960's during a resurgence and interest in the Blackamoor designs, which originally came from Venice, Italy in the early 18th Century. The craftsmanship of this pendant charm is impeccable. The pendant features a sapphire, carnelian, coral, and ruby on the crown of the figure, and two turquoise gems for earrings. The colors of the various gems are stunning- the red corals are natural- and the yellow gold has a bold color. Against the deep saturated black, the colors become even more vibrant, giving a complementary contrasting detail. The carving into the ebony to render the detailed portrait of this figure is really remarkable.
In Europe, as early as the 13th century, African figures were often desirable for being rare, luxurious and exotic. This was one reason for the Blackamoor decorative arts to become so popular. Today, the Blackamoor jewelry can be seen as empowering, and as a bold political statement, a declaration of Black is Beautiful. The portrait charm is 1-1/4 inches in size. The gold accents are all 18 karat, and the gold is marked on the bottom and side of the pendant. This Blackamoor pendant is a really high quality piece and a great find! This pendant is a fantastic unisex item, perfect for anyone interested in art, and history, and uniquely bold designs. Ready to wear on the chain of your choice.
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