A celestial messenger with diamond

Antique coral putto pendant, circa 1850 and 2018

The treasures of the sea have always fascinated people. The bizarre natural shape and intense color of coral has been the object of desire since antiquity and has been made into wonderful jewelry throughout the ages, as the imagination saw all kinds of animals and figures in its branches. Corals were indispensable in the art and wonder chambers of the Renaissance, where their branches were used, among other things, to represent the arms of Daphne, transformed into a tree by Apollo, or corals were loved as richly carved cutlery handles. In the present piece, the curved shape of a coral branch inspired an Italian artist to carve a putto with cloth in bold flight. Small wings make the celestial dweller appear even more vivid. The coral is a work from 1850s Italy. Our goldsmith has re-set it to make it wearable again and give it new life. A large drop-cut diamond has found its way to the angel and is balanced and held by it, as it were. Two large eyelets make the cherub look wonderful on a gold chain but also on a choker or even a leather strap! A true cabinet piece - and a rare opportunity for all lovers of angels, cherubs, corals and diamonds!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.