Posted 6 years ago
HELP! You guys are SO good at identifying stuff! This is one of my gems... (Let me know if you need that 4th picture!)
This is a beautiful 1 &5/8 x 5/8 (Appox) Sterling Silver pendant. Mirror cut natural pearl, Marcasite and Pink Sapphire (??) pendant. UNMARKED, but I'm familiar enough with silver to know it's silver, plus it polishes like silver, smells like silver. (The chain is recent.)
I literally dug this out of my yard at the house I was renting in 1985 that was built in 1939. I was gardening at my place in Burlingame CA, and dug up this dried lump of adobe mud. Saw something inside it, took it up to the kitchen to wash and VOILA! This is what I found.
It had a coating of darker pink 'wash' (or something) on the back of the faceted cut stone, that I eventually scraped off completely once it started coming off. I thought a clear stone would emerge but no, a lighter natural pink stone appeared. (I always thought the darker pink was maybe a pink clear (not matte) nail polish?) It is brilliant cut on the top (flat top,faceted sides), and cut like a star on the back, the point towards your neck. When looking through the front of the stone, you can see a shining star! Pink goes from light to dark depending on light and angle.
The pearl is real - it is ONE baroque NATURAL white pearl perfectly cut in half and mirror mounted in custom tulip-like setting (you can see the back of the pearl in the setting, and is solid, like a tooth, not a rim of nacre and irritant center). The faceted marcacites look to be glued as well as prong set with funny little ball & comma prongs. The prongs holding the pink stone are flowers! (I saw that pretty Bernard Instone piece someone else posted and thought HEY!) The pink stone is TOP MOUNTED, not mounted from the back - it sits on the crown of the setting, and is held by the flower petal prongs.
The bale for the piece is literally folded over from the back, and can accept a rather large chain.
Is it Deco, Arts & Crafts or Nouveau? American or not? Any and all thoughts welcome!