Kirsten's Corner Jewelry
14K Gold Renaissance Revival Emerald Cabochon and Pearl Brooch-Pendant
A lovely piece of jewelry from the early 1880's can be worn as a pendant or brooch. A Renaissance Revival piece, notable for its swooping golden line, organic forms and decorations that looked to nature for inspiration. It is 14K gold, and features 3 central polished emerald cabochon gemstones, a total of 4 cultured pearls, and one seed pearl. It weighs 6.5 grams. The design of this diamond shaped brooch is made up of swirling organic forms, reminiscent of foliage, combined with more rigid and geometric elements. The gold mounts and designs have been cast and hand chased, and the skill with which this piece has been put together is more visible when looking at the back of the brooch. On the front of the brooch, ornate texture and etched line work is visible. Each of the pearls delineate the points of the diamond form; at the upper part are 4mm pearls, and hanging from a little hook on a 1 mm pearl is a larger 5mm tear drop pearl that swings. The emeralds have a rich green color and are 4.5 mm each and are natural as evident from the emerald's inclusions. The green of the emerald is the color of life and of springtime and at the center of the brooch or pendant they make a beautiful arrangement. Both the pendant and the brooch are in great condition, with a security clasp. The brooch measures 1.5 inches wide by 1 inch, and the largest cultured pearl drops 1/2 inch. It is marked 14K on back. This piece of jewelry is a great touch to a vintage outfit or a romantic dress.