A gorgeous vintage, 18 karat yellow gold, black ebony and red coral Corletto 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 a testament to the famed Italian jeweler Giovanni Corletto. 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. Similar to the Cameo bracelets of the Victorian era, the body and figures were depicted to celebrate a love of beauty. Today, the Blackamoor jewelry can be seen as empowering, and as a bold political statement, a declaration of Black is Beautiful. The pendant features an elegant portrait of an African female figure with gold hoop earrings, a red coral choker and a golden hair scarf with a bright red coral detail also up top. The colors are stunning- the red corals are natural and the gold has a fantastic yellow color. Against the deep saturated black, the red coral works nicely as a contrasting detail.The carving into the ebony to render the detailed face of this figure is really remarkable. The portrait charm is about 1-1/4 inches in size. The gold accents are all 18 karat, and the gold is marked on the bottom with "Corletto", as well as "18K" and "Made in Italy". The gold chain pictured is not included with this item, but available through Kirsten's Corner. The Italian Corletto brand came into partnership with Tishman & Lipp, to form Corletto, Inc. Fine Jewelry Manufacturers in 1963. Corletto became a new leader of style and fashion in the 60's in Paris, Rome, and New York. In the 1960's Grace Kelly wore a Blackamoor brooch on her trip to Venice to show her style credentials. Corletto designs were inspired by nature and figurative art. His interest in decorative art and history led his to the ornate Blackamoor designs. He was known for his fine quality and craftsmanship. This Blackamoor pendant is a really great find! Ready to wear on the chain of your choice.
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