Victorian French silver saphiret & pearl filigree pendant. This stunning pendant is absolutely breathtaking, with it's delicate filigree silver metal work and expertly set saphiret's. The metal work used is a base metal . which is silvered. The saphiret's are the most stunning blue colour with gold inside the gemstones. These saphiret's look almost ghostly. The cross is substantial in size and looks beautifully matched to the antique belcher chain. High quality saphiret pieces such as this are rare. This beautiful pendant is truly magnificent!
Note: Saphiret is an early glass used in jewelry making and was made during the late 1800s to mid 1900s. It was made in various countries, including Czechoslovakia and Germany during the mid 19th century. The glass was made by adding real gold to sapphire coloured molten glass. This created an amazing colour combination. The base colour ranged from mocha or pinkish brown to a brick red colour, but the amazing part is when light strikes the stone, the glass reflects the light as soft blue glow. The stone is opaque to semi-opaque.
At the turn of the century when gold increased in value, it was not cost effective to continue production of the stone, spot eventually the production of saphiret glass was altered( which made it rare). Most of the pieces you find with the older antique saphiret glass are Victorian or Edwardian pieces. Later around the vintage era of jewelry making Germany produces saphiret glass. This particular pendant would be a high quality Victorian era piece.
Measurements: 2.76"(7cm)x 1.65" (4.2 cm)
Weight: 10 grams , with chain 20 grams
Date: Circa 1880