A one-of-a-kind set of Victorian (ca1880s) jewelry! This very unique set includes a pendant, a pair of dangling earrings, and two buttons. The pendant and earrings are crafted in 18kt yellow gold; the pendant is comprised of an enameled bail and setting holding a pearl above a spheroid-shaped lapis lazuli stone. The stone is held by a gold frame on its backside, and the enameling matches the natural stone perfectly! The earrings begin with 18kt yellow gold wires atop a spherical lapis lazuli stone. A pearl bead hangs below, along with a slightly larger lapis lazuli orb. The buttons are slightly smaller than the pendant and are set on gold-plated frames that slide into a buttonhole. All of the stones have a rich, ultramarine blue hue with lapis lazuli's classic gold flecks and natural webbing. The set is accompanied by a fitted box, marked for its creator "L. Fontana & Cie Palais Royal 93 & 98 PRÈS LA ROTONDA PARIS". A unique and striking set, this would be an incredible addition to a lapis lover's collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs an overall 1 7/8" long. The pendant's stone measures approximately 1 1/8" in diameter and is nearly 5/8" deep including its gold backing. The earrings hang about 1 7/8" in length and the bottom sphere measures 5/8" in diameter. The buttons are approximately 7/8" in diameter, less than 9/16" deep excluding the frame, and an overall 11/16" deep including the frame.
Condition: The set is in excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold settings of the earrings and pendant. The backside of one button has been drilled to test for its metal content, but this is not visible when worn. All of the lapis stones and pearls are intact and securely set.