- Total Carat Weight: 0.02 ct
- Precious Metal Weight: 0.57 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: Acid tests for 14k yellow gold
- Dimensions: This carm measures 15.70 mm long including the top bail ring x 10.75 mm wide x 5.62 mm deep; interior diameter of the bail ring is about 1.20-1.25 mm.
- Weight: A very comfortable 0.89 grams
- Markings: Unmarked
- Era: This piece is presumed to be a conversion from either a shirt stud or a cravat (stick) pin, and is believed to date to the mid to late Victorian period, sometime between 1860 to 1870.
- Buyer Notes: Perfectly petite, this charm is exactly what every collector adores about antique jewelry-- it's versatile, intriguing and no detail is spared, even at such a delicate scale!
- Center Stone Type: Diamond
- Center Stone Count: One (1)
- Center Stone Carat Weight: 0.02 ct by formula per the specific gravity of diamond
- Center Stone Dimensions: 1.65 x 1.60 mm, as measured within mount so as to preserve the piece's integrity
- Center Stone Shape: Rose cut
- Center Stone Color: Believed to be I-J
- Center Stone Clarity: SI and foiled, which may obscure exact color and clarity grades
- Center Stone Notes: The aged foiled backing causes the stone to appear a silvery hue and makes clarity difficult to specify. Rose cuts, and especially foiled rose cuts, were designed specifically to catch the glimmer of low candlelight and reflect the glittering flames. Such stones were not scientifically faceted to emit the same "fire" as brilliant full cut diamonds, and rather, twinkle in historic lighting conditions.
A super sweet, super petite work of art hailing from the mid to late 19th century, this Victorian Revival style jewel features a swath of decorative elements evoking the tastes of both the ancient world and the gothic/renaissance eras. Archeological Revival style was a trend brought on by re-discoveries of the ancient world, and in the decorative arts, craftsmen drew deep inspiration from all that was recovered during excavations. It was at the London International Exhibition of Industry and Art of 1862 that many jewelers presented another variation of the Revival styles, which harkened to a slightly more recent past; Neo-Renaissance designs were en vogue, praised as much as the Etruscan Revival designs and complimented them with elegance. This tiny charm, which is thought to have begun life as a shirt stud or cravat pin for a gentleman, exists today as a lovely embodiment of all such styles.
Characteristics of both Archeological (Etruscan) Revival and Gothic/Renaissance Revival styles include a dependency on symmetry, allusions to organicism, the arrangement of featured gemstones into recognizable shapes such as crosses, florals or stars, or the like. These Revivalist styles also leaned toward an overall sculpted quality, evoked through the artistic three-dimensionality of formed gold. The aesthetic characteristics of revivalism are on brilliant display in this piece, and its original maker cleverly crafted it using great attention to detail in every molded component. The topmost element is that of an architectural quatrefoil as one might find on adorning a gothic cathedral, an emblem of spiritual might and geometric fashion.
Framing the central quatrefoil are a series of cyma swirls, which are stylized variations of the acanthus plant, which has been a valued motif in the decorative and wearable arts for virtually thousands of years. The acanthus symbolize perseverance and strength, as these plants are known to survive in even the harshest of conditions. The swirling cymas reference the ebbs and flows of the unknowns and knowns of life, a subtle compliment to the unwavering tenacity of the acanthus bloom through them all.
Of note is the lightly patinaed character of the 160+ year old gold, as is evidenced in its precious irregularities that remind us of its handcrafted origins. This aged characteristic, no doubt, invigorates the dimensional details which cover the entire surface of the charm. A lone silvery rose cut diamond proudly perches atop the piece set against the broader backdrop of gold to add a delicate luxe twinkle to the charm. This diamond, being that its backing is closed and given its 19th century roots, is foiled.
A note about foiled diamonds: Foiling was a clever trick of the trade in which slips of foil were carefully placed in the cupped setting beneath the semi-translucent gemstones of choice, achieving a stunning glimmer in low candlelight which reflected the fire flames in dazzling brilliance. The effect of foil backing is characteristic of Georgian and early to mid Victorian jewelry, as it created a hypnotic twinkle under historic candlelit lighting conditions, prior to the invention of electricity.
One must keep in mind that the original owner for whom this cross was originally crafted did not occupy the kind of lifestyle or perform the same tasks we do today. This being the case, this foiled diamond relic was simply never intended or designed to withstand today's living. So, while this foiled jewelry is especially alluring attribute for collectors, they are quite vulnerable to water damage if even slightly wet. Water causes foil to discolor and darken, to somewhat dissolve, and it can get trapped between the stone and the setting. Thus, to prolong the life of secondhand jewelry, it should not be worn during physical activities and buyers should be mindful of condition notes and any presence of treatment-specific care.
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