Victorian Sterling Gilt Natural Pearl & Carnelian Scarab Pendant
A very unusual pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Made of gilded sterling silver, the pendant has a puffy design that frames a carved carnelian scarab at the center. Four natural pearls rest along the sides of the piece, exhibiting a wonderful natural luster and soft, asymmetrical shapes. The carnelian scarab beetle is rich in color, and is lightly hand engraved to represent the details of its wings and body. Stamped on the reverse side of the pendant is "STERLING 122." The piece hangs from a sterling bail at the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. A decorative and artistic piece, it would make a unique addition to any antique collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 1 3/8" long (including the bail at the top) and measures 1 1/8" wide and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The pendant is in very good antique condition. There is some normal wear to the silver gilt setting, which has some natural fading in certain areas at the back. A natural patina rests within the grooves of the setting, giving a darkened antique appearance that lends depth and character to the design. All four natural pearls and the carved carnelian scarab are intact. The bail is secure and in good condition.