From mysterious island
Victorian peridot & pearl pendant in gold, around 1900
With the advent of the new century, fashion left behind the heaviness of forms and decoration of the years before 1900. Jewelry of the first years of the 20th century breathes a new beginning, a departure and a will to a new lightness, whether it comes from Germany, France or Great Britain. The pendant here is no exception - and yet it holds a secret hidden behind the elegant arrangement of yellow gold, natural pearls and summer green glowing peridots. For the peridot comes from a place that until today only a few people have set foot on. The main mining area for peridot from ancient times until well into the 20th century was St. John's Island in the Red Sea. The island, also known as Zabargad, is uninhabited and the subject of many myths and legends. The ancient author Pliny the Elder knows it as "Topazos", other authors of antiquity think that wild cavemen live on it, defending their treasures against all strangers. Its German name, however, probably comes from the legend of the priest-king John, whose supposed kingdom was known in the Middle Ages, but of whose exact location no one knew anything. The mines on the island were exploited in ancient times, but were left open in the 13th century. It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that a European consortium began to mine the stones again. Then, at the end of the century, the peridot became a real fashionable stone in Great Britain. Here now, two peridots probably from this fabled source are surrounded by an airy arrangement of floral leaf ornaments with lush pearl trim. Combined with the serene shapes of the British Belle Époque, they make for an elegant piece of jewelry that has been beautifully preserved and can be worn immediately with a matching gold chain.
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