- Total Carat Weight: 4.74 ct
- Precious Metal Weight: 0.80 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: The bezel setting tests as 10k, while the heart bail tests between 12k and 14k
- Dimensions: This pendant measures 26.40 mm top to bottom overall including the bail. The agate pendant measures 17.9 mm long including the affixed top loop (into which the bail attached) x 11.89 mm wide x 5.74 mm back to front.
- Weight: A comfortably lightweight 1.36 grams
- Markings: Unmarked but tests for between 10k and 14k
- Era: Though moss and dendritic agate jewels have been enjoyed since the 15th century, this pendant is believed to date to the Edwardian, pre-WWII years, approximately the 1910s.
- Buyer Notes: This pendant is delicate and ladylike, a charming relic of the 1910s. The Edwardian era was a significant period, albeit brief, within the history of decorative, jewelry and material culture, as it was a transitional time between the opulence of the gilded age and the humility brought by wartime. This piece is a treasure of this window. Buyers should note that a very, very tiny nick (smaller than 0.50 mm) exists on the bottom right of the stone, but is neither readily visible to the eye nor perceivable to the touch. The price has been set according to all such characteristics of this collectible jewel.
- Center Stone Type: Dendritic Agate (Chalcedony, a microcrystalline form of quartz)
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Carat Weight: 4.74 ct, by formula per the specific gravity of dendritic agate
- Center Stone Dimensions: 14.8 x 10.9 x 5.5 mm, as measured within mounting
- Center Stone Shape: Kite-Shaped Cabochon Cut
- Center Stone Color: Warm pale yellow-cream with distinctive deep brownish 'moss' or 'dendritic' inclusions (organically caused by manganese or iron-oxide)
- Center Stone Clarity: Milky-translucent
- Center Stone Luster: Vitreous
A dainty staple to the Edwardian woman's wardrobe, this dendritic agate drop pendant offers an understated upgrade to the neckline. The jewel is delicate in nature, and marries softened geometries with organic forms. The dendritic stone component is fitted within a gold bezel that is fully articulated and flirtatiously dangles when worn. Though petite in scale, this pendant is rich in symbolism and history:
During the latter portion of the 19th century through the earliest years of the 20th, agate surged in popularity more than ever before. The availability and affordability of both moss and dendritic agate jewelry afforded the middle class the opportunity to enjoy trending fashions as much as wealthier classes, and such pieces were abundantly advertised in newspapers and catalogues of the time. This piece was likely sold apart from a chain, just as it is now, so that the buyer could style it however they pleased.
The featured agate boasts a semi-translucent pale cream-yellow body color, punctuated by a dramatic display of 'blooming' inclusions within. These inclusions are created by manganese or iron-oxide within the forming process of the stone, and unlike clear gemstones, are deeply desirable traits to collectors.
The Victorians are known for their strong affinity for the deep symbolism and secret ‘messages’ that could be conveyed through jewelry. Victorians were especially affectionate toward agates of all kinds, and they believed dendritic agate was a talisman for good fortune, abundance and prosperity. It was also thought to protect its wearer against both physical ailments as well as emotional toxins. As such, this variety of chalcedony was seen as a charm full of benefits and lore. In beautiful complement to the stone's symbolism, the elongated silhouette of the heart bail recalls 18th century heart jewelry in which hearts were simplified and pear-shaped. The heart emblem evokes a sense of endearment, affectionate assurance and the security of loyalty.
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