Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting pieces of rock quartz crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then hand painted. From the front, the image appears to be almost three dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork, but animals were some of the most common motifs.
This reverse carved crystal pin or brooch from the Victorian (ca1880s) era is a wonderful example of the craft! The carved Essex crystal cabochon rests on a foil-backed background and is set within a 14k yellow gold bezel frame surrounded by 20 assorted white and grey-ish natural pearls and 4 chunky old mine cut diamonds, ranging in .07-.10ctw/a piece. The detailed hand painted image is incredibly realistic, portraying a lifelike bat mid-flight. The reverse side of the piece has a smooth gold back and a bar pin. A very unique and artistic piece, it is perfect for any equestrian lover or collector of reverse carved Essex crystal!
Measurements: The pendant measures approximately 3/4" in diameter, and is just over 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the reverse carved crystal. The pin clasp is secure and in good condition. The diamonds and pearls are secure in their setting.