Victorian Sterling Carved Rock Crystal "Man in the Moon" Pendant
A wonderful "Man in the Moon" pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This whimsical piece features an alluring carved rock quartz crystal center, which is surrounded by a decorative sterling silver frame. The face portrays a recognizable "Man in the Moon" design, which has intricately carved facial features, creating a realistic 3-dimensional look. The translucent rock quartz crystal rests in a closed back setting, allowing light to reflect off the back for a "glowing" appearance. A decorative circular border gives the pendant a substantial look, complete with open rings, overlapping bars, and raised beadwork accents. A rosy gilt finish is applied to portions of the setting, adding a subtle mixed metals appearance. At the top of the pendant is a simple gold-filled loop bail, perfect for hanging the piece from a favorite chain. This mysterious piece is very unique, and would make a special addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 1 5/8" long (including the bail), measures 1 3/8" in diameter, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The rock quartz crystal carving is intact, securely set, and free of any surface chips or scratches. The gold-filled bail is securely attached at the top. A natural patina gives a darkened appearance to some areas of the silver setting, which is a common characteristic of antique jewelry.