Victorian 14kt Pietra Dura Floral 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.
This gorgeous pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the Pietra Dura art form! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, this oval-shaped piece is adorned with a stunning floral design on the front surface. The design depicts beautiful budding flowers and leaves, which have been meticulously hand cut and set. Vibrant and earthy tones of olive and forest green, along with soft pink and turquoise blue allow the inlaid floral design to stand out dramatically against the rich black background. The overall result is truly remarkable, resembling a fine painting. Surrounding the bezel set design is a smooth gold border with gorgeous beaded accents lining the entire edge, creating a wonderful visual appeal. Resting at the top is a textured swirled wirework surmount that is attached to a simple bail, perfect for adding to a favorite chain. A simply exquisite piece of art, this magnificent Pietra Dura pendant would make a lovely addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1 3/8" long (including the bail at the top), measures about 3/4" wide, and is a little more than 1/4" thick. The Pietra Dura image measures about 1/2" wide and 3/4" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or inlaid stones that form the Pietra Dura design. The bail secure and in good working condition.