Victorian Huge Sterling & Inlaid Malachite Stone Pendant
An impressive and unusual inlaid stone pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Set in sterling silver, the pendant is quite substantial in size and has a wonderful multi-stone design. A pattern of overlapping stripes decorates the front surface, creating a woven, interlocking appearance. The "stripes" are represented by bars of malachite and grey stone (possibly a form of agate or granite), which have been precisely cut and inlaid into the surface like pieces of a puzzle. Small, square-shaped onyx stones rest in between, giving the illusion of a pitch black background. The contrast between the swirled green malachite and marbled grey stone is wonderful! A sterling bezel forms an open frame, decorated with etched grooves on the sides and a series of pinch prongs. The open back reveals a smooth, black background, and a simple sterling bail for hanging is attached to the top. A very unique Victorian piece, it has a striking look that is both fashionable and artistic!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 3 1/2" long (including the bail), is approximately 2 1/8" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the inlaid stones. The bail for hanging is intact and secure.