Art Nouveau Large Sterling & Diamond Plique-à-Jour Pendant
"Plique-à-Jour" is a French term that means "braid letting in daylight". The term refers to the technique in which enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing. This allows light to shine through the transparent or translucent enamel and form a beautiful stained glass like appearance.
A fabulous and very unusual plique-à-jour pendant from the Art Nouveau (ca1910) era! This wonderful piece is made of sterling silver and depicts a lovely plique-à-jour floral design. The pendant is accented with a rose cut diamond in the center of the flower and green chalcedony cabochons as two raised leaves. The background of the pendant is a beautiful light blue color, separated into different cells to make up the curvilinear shape of the entire pendant. Connecting each cell are very small pink cabochon sapphires, tying together the pastel color pallet of the pendant. A simple silver bail is connected at the top and features what appear to be Russian hallmarks. It's a wonderful pendant and would be fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurement: The pendant hangs 3 1/4” long, is 1 5/8" at the widest point and is slightly more than 1/8" at its deepest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting, however there is some very slight damage to the plique-à-jour enameling near the top of the piece, which is not noticeable when worn. All of the stones are intact and the bail is secure and in good working condition.