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Georgian Era Carnelian & Gold Cased Fob Charm

A late Georgian era carnelian fob with ornate gold casing and a blank face. The carnelian is a deep orange and is bezel set into an ornate flower and scrolling element that leads to a bale where one can attach a chain. This fob makes a great charm, ready to add to a chain of your choice with a personal intaglio of your own!

The carnelian stone is soft and measures approximately 7/8 an inch by 3/4 of an inch. The fob weighs a total of 8.8 grams and measures approximately 1 x 1-1/4 inches. The piece dates to the 1830s. There is some wear to the gold casing, which is expected due to its age, but this does not detract from the beauty of this antique.

Traditionally, during the Georgian era, fobs were worn by gentlemen as a sign of status and elegance. When pressed against a wax seal, the fob became the personal signature of its owner, and would be used to sign documents. What makes this a desirable item is that it remains unmarked, and can be easily taken to a jeweller for a personal monogram or mark. This fob pendant is a beautiful antique, in great condition for its age and a good addition to any antique jewelry collection. It is a rare find, a great object with a story. This piece of jewelry is great for everyday wear and makes a very special unisex gift!

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