Kirsten's Corner

Art Deco Platinum Diamond and Onyx Jabot Pendant Brooch


We’ve converted this Art Deco platinum jabot pin into a pendant by adding two bails so that it can be worn on a chain. The pendant is encrusted with diamonds and onyx. The point of the arrow contains tiny Rose Cut diamonds around the border. Larger Old Mine Cut diamonds make up the inner layer of the point and the feather fletches. The diamonds are bead set with beautiful milgrain work around them that add visual texture. French Cut onyx creates a central line down the middle of the feathers and a single onyx accentuates the base of the arrow’s point. The onyx are precision cut and create a subtle crisscross effect as they catch the light. The segments of the arrow are articulated, with cutouts between each feather and on the interior of the point. This piece is from the cusp of the Edwardian and Art Deco eras, and a high level of attention to detail was put into its creation. 

Jabot pins date back to the 18th century and were originally used for men’s clothing and scarves. They twist apart into two pieces in order to pierce fabric. There were several shapes commonly used for jabot pins—an arrow was one of them. By adding a bail on each end, this piece can be worn pointed up or down, or horizontally as a chain extender. It also still functions as a jabot pin and can be worn on a scarf or lapel. See the photographs for the many possibilities of how to wear this piece! 

The pendant contains 18 Old Mine Cut diamonds that measure 2.25 mm each, as well as 17 Rose Cut diamonds. The total diamond carat weight is 1/2 a carat.  There are nine French Cut onyx that measure 2.7 x 1.5 mm each. There are a few very minor nicks in the onyx that are only visible under a loop. The piece weighs 6 grams. It is 2 7/8” x 1/2”. 

Unmarked. The pendant tests as platinum and the two bails test as 14k white gold. 

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