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Continuous Beauty - Vintage 10K Gold Pearl & Garnet Pendant & Chain.  This lovely pendant is crafted from 10K gold, whilst the chain is crafted from 14K gold Fill.  Featuring 6 genuine cultured pearls, 4 natural round cut garnet gemstones, Victorian Revival styling and quality gold-work.  The pretty pendant is comprised of a row of fiery garnets, which are flanked by white pearls. The V shaped bail has engraved decoration and is hallmarked on the back.  The combination of garnets and pearls were widely used in the Victorian era, and in this Vintage piece it is easy to see why the contrasting gems were so desirable in jewelry in antique and vintage jewelry. The chain looks perfect with the pendant, and the spring ring clasp is secure, and in perfect working order.   The Vintage pendant is dainty and elegant, a special treasure for any jewelry collection.

Note: Contemporary appraisals do not reflect the antique/vintage value. 

Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. So precious were the spherical gems that in the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar passed a law limiting the wearing of pearls only to the ruling classes. According to legend, Cleopatra crushed a pearl into a glass of wine to prove to Marc Antony that she could give the most expensive dinner in history.  

The history of garnet dates back to the Bronze Age, more than 5000 years ago. Its name, which has been used since these ancient times, was derived from the Latin word granatium, which means pomegranate (because the small, red crystals were thought to resemble pomegranate seeds). ... Garnet on Asbestos.

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.


Measurements: Pendant  21.00 mm x 18.00         Chain: 18" 

Stonce Size: Garnet .20 carats   Pearl 3.00 mm 

Weight: 2.00 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1940

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