Pompeii Treasure - Georgian 14k Lava stone & Fresh Water Pearl Necklace

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Item Number:  GN005

Pompeii Treasure - Georgian 14k lava stone & freshwater pearl necklace.  This necklace is so special. It is comprised of a beautiful polished muted greenish grey lava cabochon and genuine graduated freshwater pearls . The lave stone is hand set in a gold bezel.  Dangling from the bezel are five genuine fresh water pearls that are suspended. The chain is also 14K gold (tested) with a cylinder type clasp. 

Note: After the discovery of the buried cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae Circa 1748, a new type of "Grand Tour" souvenir jewelry emerged, created from the lava flows which covered the towns, keeping them hidden for 1700 years ( the initial eruption Vesuvius was in 79AD) Lava from this area held a limited palette of colour, off white to a muted grey green. Italian artisans usually carved the lava into cameos of various sizes: then combined the colours in bracelets or necklaces holding multiple cameos. 

This particular piece is so appealing , because of it's simple polished cabochon it can be worn casually or dressed up.  Just imagine owning a piece of early history to be enjoyed for many years to come. 

Measurements: Oval pendant: 1 3/4" x 3/4" Height of Cabochon and pearl drop 1 1/2 " Chain: 15" 

Weight: 16.8 grams

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: Italy 

Date: Circa 1820 Note:  Chain may have been replaced , however this makes the piece extremely wearable because of the durability of the chain. 



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