Art Nouveau 18kt "Fortuna, Goddess of Luck" Pendant
Fortuna is the Roman goddess of luck, chance, and fate. She is often depicted in works of art, and is accompanied by symbols such as the "Rota Fortunae" (wheel of fortune), a Cornucopia (horn of plenty), or a ship's rudder. Similarly to Lady Justice, the goddess Fortuna is sometimes shown with a veil or blindfold. In Greek mythology, her equivalent is known as "Tyche," the goddess of fortune.
A beautiful and symbolic pendant from the Art Nouveau (ca1910) era! This beautiful piece is crafted in 18kt yellow gold and forms the shape of a large disc, adorned with the image of Fortuna, the Roman goddess of luck. The design is raised above the surface, coming to life in 3-dimensional detail, displaying the gorgeous facial features and wavy, flowing hair of her face in profile. Although her gaze is focused slightly upwards, a delicate blindfold subtly covers her eyes, and the "Rota Fortunae," or "wheel of fortune," rests at the base of her neck. Surrounding the image is a smoothly polished surface, and attached at the top is a simple round bail, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain or charm bracelet. Stamped on the back is a "750" gold purity mark beside a "FP" maker's mark and "226VI." A gorgeous and "lucky" pendant, it would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1 3/8" long (including the bail at the top), measures slightly less than 1" in diameter, and is about 1/16" thick. The pendant has an overall weight of 3.2 dwt (4.8 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting. The bail at the top is secure and in good working order.