Antique gold, peridot & diamond pendant/brooch, Great Britain circa 1905
A spring day in London at the turn of the last century: Like the eagerly awaited spring after a grey winter, the economic success of the united kingdom inspires hope for a carefree future. The Empire is at the height of its power in these years, King Edward VII. has been crowned Emperor of India, and new treasures arrive daily in great merchant ships from the rich colonies to the capital on the Thames. The first warm days have attracted crowds of walkers to the parks of England's capital. In Hyde Park, for example, the air is filled with the scent of flowers and flowering trees. Chestnuts and lime trees are unfurling their first leaves and fresh greenery glows in the spring sunshine. As if the incomparable greenery of spring were captured in stone, the peridots in this pendant shine from this very exciting time. Its materials, however, are typically British: colored gemstones, fine diamonds, and warmly gleaming gold were the most popular materials on the island at the turn of the 20th century. In the years around 1900, green peridot was particularly popular, as it was considered the favourite stone of the legendary last pharaoh Cleopatra. And since the peridot mines in the land on the Nile were only available to the English in those years, it is not surprising that peridots appear especially in jewelry of those years. Here now, peridots and diamonds are united in a graceful arrangement reminiscent of Indian mandalas - perhaps not coincidentally, as India was considered the English crown's most precious gemstone. Symmetrical bars of gold with settings of silver form a circular shape with a large peridot set in the center. Smaller peridots and fine old-cut diamonds additionally set the face. A pin on the back allows the piece of jewellery to be worn as a brooch. An additional pendant eyelet that can be folded in also makes the piece of jewellery an effective pendant.
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