"Plique-à-Jour" is a French term that means "braid letting in daylight". The term refers to the technique in which enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing. This allows light to shine through the transparent or translucent enamel and form a beautiful stained glass like appearance.
A fabulous and very unusual plique-à-jour pendant from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! This wonderful piece is made of 900-grade sterling silver and depicts a lovely plique-à-jour floral design. The pendant is accented with five bezel-set old mine cut diamonds set in the centers of pink flowers, estimated to weigh a cumulative 1.05ctw. Accompanying the diamonds are three deep purple garnets, also estimated to weigh a cumulative 1.05ctw.
The background of the pendant features deep blue, green, and pink colored enamel, separated into different cells to make up the shape of the entire pendant. The stem of the flowers curves into a bail at the top and features what appear to be Russian hallmarks. The bail is situated with a large sterling ring, perfect to add to any of your favorite antique silver chains It's a wonderful pendant and would be fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurement: The pendant hangs 3” long, is 1 3/4" at the widest point .
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting. All of the stones are intact and the bail is secure and in good working condition.