Victorian 15kt/Sterling Saphiret "Man in the Moon" + Diamond Crescent Pin/Pendant 3ctw
Saphiret glass is a form of art glass dating back to the mid 1800s. Originating in Chechoslovakia, it consists of a hybrid of sapphire-colored glass and liquid gold. When combined, the two materials produce an unusual multi-colored appearance. Although the glass appears to be brownish-red in color, it emits a blue flash when caught in the light.
An exceptional "Man in the Moon" pin/pendant from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! Crafted of 15kt gold and sterling silver, this substantially sized piece features a whimsical saphiret glass center, cradled by a sparkling diamond crescent. The luminescent central design portrays a recognizable "Man in the Moon" face, which has intricately detailed facial features for a realistic 3-dimensional look. The translucent saphiret glass has the characteristic reddish brown color, which reveals an iridescent blue flash when moved in the light. The quality of the color play is difficult to capture in a photograph, but is quite striking in person! Beautifully complementing the smirking celestial face is an incredible crescent moon which is lined with chunky old Rose Cut diamonds in a graduated fashion, the largest stones at the center and the smallest at the tips. The stones rest in a shared prong setting and collectively weigh approximately 3ctw. On the back of the piece is a hidden bail as well as a removable pin clasp attached to the crescent, allowing it to hang from a complementary chain, or fasten to a favorite garment. When worn, the light catches the diamond and saphiret design perfectly, delivering a spectacular sparkle and vibrant color scheme. This celestial piece is positively breathtaking and would make an outstanding addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: Overall, the piece measures approximately 1 5/8" wide, 1 1/2" tall and 1/2" in depth. The crescent part measures 1 1/2" tall, 1 1/4" wide, and approximately 1/4" thick. The Man in the Moon measures a little more than 1 1/4" in diameter, including the bezel, and 3/8" in depth.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin/pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver-topped gold setting and the hidden bail and detachable pin clasp are both secure and in good working condition. All of the diamonds are intact and besides normal surface wear, the molded saphiret face remains in excellent condition, showing no signs of significant damage. There is a natural patina on the surface of the setting, which is normal for antique jewelry and part of its unique appearance and character.