This ornate 14k gold banded agate and pearl pendant was made in the mid to late 1800s. The banded agate was cut into an “X” shape and inlaid in a 14k gold setting. On top of the banded agate is a Maltese cross with etched details on each of the four pieces. At its center is a sumptuous pearl, which is bezel set and surrounded by gold twisted wire.
Originally a stickpin, this piece was recently converted into a pendant—preserving its timelessness but also allowing it to be worn as a fashionable charm. Stickpins rose to prominence in the Victorian era. In the early and mid 1800s, it was customary for upper class men to wear them to secure their ties and cravats. Pins were also worn on the lapels of coats, and incorporated into hats. Eventually, women took interest in wearing stickpins and began using them on scarves. The style and function of these items continued to evolve over time. As you wear this adorable charm, don’t forget its rich history!
The beautiful antique pearl is approximately 5mm in size. The “X” is half an inch tall and half an inch wide. The 14k gold oval bail, which was recently added by Kirsten’s Corner, is 5.5mm x 8mm. The piece is unmarked, but tests as 14k gold.