Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting pieces of rock quartz crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then hand painted. From the front, the picture appears to be almost three dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork but animals were some of the most commonly used.
A beautiful reverse carved crystal pin from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! Traditionally worn as a part of a fox hunter's sporting ensemble, this style of pin was typically worn to secure a man's neck scarf. Made of 14kt yellow gold, the pin features a hand painted Fox Terrier dog within a reverse carved crystal on a mother of pearl background. The Fox Terrier is highly detailed and sports a black collar. A 14kt gold bar is the background for this reverse carved crystal, which is bezel set in gold. This stunning pin is popular today, worn by both men and women. The inside of the bar is marked "DIANA 14K" and the top of the clasp is marked "14K". It may be worn on a neck scarf or blazer, and would look fabulous worn with other similar pins in a collection!
Measurements: The pin is approximately 2 1/8" long. The crystal measures approximately 9/16" in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the gold or to the crystal. The clasp has a safety catch which is secure and in good working condition.