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Lyrical - Victorian Art Nouveau 14K Gold Peridot & Seed Pearl Pendant & Chain.  This charming pendant is crafted from 14K gold, hallmarked 14K.  The chain is hallmarked 14K gold fill.   Featuring Victorian Art Nouveau styling, one round cut faceted peridot  paste gemstone,  3 natural seed pearls, and quality craftsmanship.  The pretty pendant is in the form of a tear-drop , with a delicate graceful gold frame on the top of the tear-drop.  The gold frame is set with a white silvery grey pearl on each side.  The central portion is expertly bezel set with a peridot paste gem (antique hand-cut glass) and a lustrous seed pearl.  The chain looks perfect with the lovely pendant, and the spring ring clasp is in perfect working order.  This Victorian Art Nouveau era pendant can be worn day or night, because of its smaller size the piece is versatile and wearable with todays fashion.

In the history of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. The era followed the Georgian period and preceded the Edwardian period, and its later half overlaps with the first part of the Belle Époque era of Continental Europe.                          
Art Nouveau, ornamental style of art that flourished between about 1890 and 1910 throughout Europe and the United States. Art Nouveau is characterized by its use of a long, sinuous, organic line and was employed most often in architecture, interior design, jewelry and glass design, posters, and illustration.

The period between Victorian (Art Nouveau is essentially a subset of the Victorian era, which lasted from 1837-1901) and post-World War I design featuring Art Deco elements was bridged by the Edwardian era. Dating from the early 1900s through about 1920, the Edwardian period is one of transition.

Paste jewellery dates back to France during the 18th century when a jeweller named Georges Frederic Stras began hand crafting fine-quality Paste jewellery in 1724. He was quickly then appointed as “Jeweller to the King”, and began making Paste jewellery for King Louis XV of France.

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.  


Measurements: Pendant  23.00 mm x 15.00 mm     Chain 18" 

Stone Size: Peridot Paste 4.00 mm round    Seed Pearl 1.00 mm - 1.50 mm 

Weight: 1.90 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1890

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