In old form

Delicate vintage pendant with opals & pearls in gold, London 1990

In the years around 1910, bows were one of the most popular design elements in jewellery, as they corresponded to the delicate, playful aesthetics of the time, as did floral motifs. Borrowed primarily from the Louis XVI period, they were found as crowning elements on earrings and brooches as well as on pendants. The delicate forms of the first years of the 20th century also inspired the pendant shown here - although it was created much later. The pendant is made of slightly reddish gold, as was fashionable at the turn of the century, and holds seven opals and five pearls. The opals are movably set in a kind of lattice. The pearls occupy the nodes and enrich the design with their bright luster. It is beautiful that the goldsmith has not only taken the old form as a model, but also the old quality of the craftsmanship: the small pearls are elaborately set instead of just glued on, and the pendant is solidly crafted despite its delicate forms. The hallmarks on the pendant show that it was made in London. A so-called year letter dates the piece to 1990. Apparently, the beautiful designs of the so-called "Edwardian Era" had been rediscovered - and looked back nostalgically to those distant years. We have added a modern chain to it.

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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.