ANTIQUE VICTORIAN HARDSTONE CAMEO PENDANT 15CT GOLD CIRCA 1870
This genuine Antique Victorian pendant has a fabulous hand carved Hardstone Cameo in the centre all set in 15ct Yellow Gold.
The chalcedony Agate displays a beautiful platform for the Hardstone Cameo to be mounted on.
Hardstone Cameos are a strong, durable stone that have been used in jewellery since ancient times and take expert skill to carve.
The Cameo is very well executed depicting a beautiful forget me not in the centre.
"Forget-me-not, O Lord!" is what a poor German knight shouted as he fell into a river.
He and his lady were picking flowers by the side of the river at the time, no doubt enjoying the beautiful day around them, and yet as fate would have it, the knight's armour dragged him down to the bottom as he fell in.
Upon his cries to the Lord, he threw the blue posy of flowers to his loved one and promptly drowned. This little tale reportedly dates to around the 15th century, but no doubt had different permeations along the way, as romantic stories often do. Hence, the concept of remembrance, eternal love and faithfulness grow from this.
The outer gallery of this pendant has beautiful all round engraving set in 15ct Yellow Gold.
Purchased in London and steeped in Victorian history, Circa 1870.
Looks fabulous when worn, a unique piece that deserves to be treasured.
Weighs 11 grams.
Measures 34mm across x 40mm down x 50mm down including bale.
Cameo measures 11mm across x 13mm down.
ITEM NUMBER 7933