Victorian 15kt Gold Gold Quartz Fob Pendant
Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry made from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880's. During the Gold Rush era in the American West, most of the gold quartz was mined in California around the San Francisco area.
This beautiful and unusual gold quartz fob/pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era has a wonderful look! The pendant is comprised of a carved gold quartz plaque, which is contained within a vibrant 15kt yellow gold bezel (indicating English origin). The large diamond-shaped pendant hangs from a scrolled wirework surmount at the top, a very traditional Victorian-era style. The gold quartz has a naturally beautiful appearance, displaying a semi-translucent grey color marbled with shimmery gold and charcoal grey flecks on both sides. A gold ring at the top of the pendant allows it to be easily hung and worn from your favorite chain. A beautiful Victorian piece, it has a stylish everyday look that is both versatile and timeless!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 2" long, measures approximately 1" at the widest point, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or to the gold quartz plaque. The bail is secure and in good condition.