Flower Garden - Estate Sterling Silver Ruby & Pearl Filigree Pendant & Chain (EP051)

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Flower Garden - Estate Sterling Silver Ruby & Pearl Filigree Pendant And Chain. This exquisite pendant is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling. Featuring one genuine ruby, four genuine pearls, Edwardian Revival styling, and quality craftsmanship. The lovely pendant showcases a beautiful deep red ruby in the centre of the gallery. The precious gem is surround by 4 silvery grey pearls, and a sea of filigree. The bale is decorated with pretty engravings, and large enough for the substantial chain to slide through smoothly. The chain is a fancy anchor style, which matches the pendant perfectly. The chain enhances the pearl and the detail on the pendant beautifully. It has a sturdy lobster claw clasp, in perfect working order. This Estate necklace would make a perfect gift or addition to any jewelry collection.

History: Records suggest that rubies were traded along China's North Silk Road as early as 200 BC. Chinese noblemen adorned their armor with rubies because they believed the gem would grant protection. Burma has been a significant ruby source since at least 600 AD.

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.

The first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 B.C., in Turkey and Greece, according to the RSC. Ancient people even figured out how to refine silver. They heated the silver ore and blew air over it, a process called cupellation.

The sterling alloy originated in continental Europe and was being used for commerce as early as the 12th century in the area that is now northern Germany. A piece of sterling silver dating from Henry II's reign was used as a standard in the Trial of the Pyx until it was deposited at the Royal Mint in 1843.

 

Measurements: Pendant 53.00 mm x 15.00 mm         Chain: 18" 

Stone Size: Ruby .15 carat    Pearl 1.50 mm 

Weight: 11.20 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: Pendant: America       Chain:18" Italy 

Date: 21st Century

 

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