Victorian 14kt & Gold Quartz Painters Palette Pendant
Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry made from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880's.
An absolutely fabulous gold quartz pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This lovely piece is in the shape of a painter’s palette and is made of 14kt yellow gold. The palette is inlaid with gold quartz, which displays lovely swirls of white and grey and specks of gold. There are five inlaid pieces, each of which is separated by 14kt gold. The back of the pendant reveals simple smooth gold and attached at the top of the piece is a simple gold ring, which is perfect for attaching a complimentary chain. It's a simply magnificent and unusual piece and would make any collection complete!
Measurements: The gold quartz pendant hangs approximately 1 1/4" long, is 3/4" wide and is less than 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the gold quartz. There are a couple minor dings on the back of the pendant, but these are not noticeable when worn.