Victorian Large Sterling & 14kt Pietra Dura Locket Pendant
Pietra Dura is an art-historical term for the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. The stonework is assembled together so precisely that the contact between each section is practically invisible.
A stunning Pietra Dura locket pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The lovely piece has a large oval black stone plaque that rests in the center of an ornate sterling silver setting. In the middle of the plaque is a wonderful floral design which is portrayed by aqua, deep blue, pale pink, green and white inlaid stones. The design is so fine that it almost appears to be a painting. On the back of the piece is a glass covered locket which is perfect for your favorite photograph. Surrounding the floral Pietra Dura design is an exquisite sterling silver frame, decorated with a simple 14kt gold frame and beadwork design. The locket pendant hangs from a large sized complimentary sterling silver and gold bail. Unusual and beautiful, this piece would make a stunning addition to any collection!
Measurement: The pendant hangs 2 7/8" long, is slightly less than 2" at the widest point, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling and gold setting or to the Pietra Dura design. The glass covered locket is secure and in good working condition.