Victorian 15kt Inlaid Gold Quartz Horseshoe 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.
A beautiful gold quartz pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of 15kt rose gold, this petite equestrian-inspired design has a unique horseshoe shape with an inlaid gold quartz surface. The gold quartz is especially beautiful, displaying a range of colors that include white, grey, beige, and marbled flecks of metallic gold. Surrounding the gold quartz center is a textured border that features a fine engine turned pattern and a series of gold "nails" around the perimeter. The back of the piece has a smooth surface with an engraved inscription that reads "To BOB from Maggie." At the top of the pendant is a simple gold loop, allowing it to be hung from a chain. A wonderful everyday piece, it is perfect for the equestrian enthusiast or Victorian jewelry collector!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 7/8" long, including the loop at the top. The horseshoe itself is 3/4" tall, 5/8" wide, and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the inlaid gold quartz stone. There is a light natural patina on the surface of the gold setting, which is normal for Victorian era jewelry.