Victorian Large 18kt Diamond "Dieu Te Garde" Looped Belt Pendant
A stunning and unique pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in rich 18kt yellow gold, this gorgeous piece, which is particularly large in size, forms a three-dimensional loop which is portrayed by the strap of a belt. Lining the surface of the open ring is the French phrase, "DIEU TE GARDE" (which translates to "God Bless You" or "May God Spare You"). The raised lettering is beautifully scripted and displays a rich, dark royal blue enameled surface, running almost the entire length of the piece and completed by a lovely leafy design at either end. At the top of the pendant is a wonderful three-dimensional buckle lined with sparkling old Rose Cut diamonds and a complimentary diamond encrusted fleur de lys graces the bottom of the strap, which overlaps and folds at the base of the pendant. Dangling from a hook bail on the back is a small 15kt gold and black enameled heart-shaped padlock, which perfectly completes the stunning design. The entire pendant features a raised enameled border that, along with the rest of the enamel work, looks stunning against the textured yellow gold surface of the pendant. Stamped on the dangling heart padlock is "15K," and a hidden bail can be found on the back of the piece, at the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. This lovely and unique pendant would make a one-of-a-kind addition to any collection!
Measurement: The pendant hangs 2 1/2" long, measures a little less than 1 3/4" at the widest point and has a depth of 3/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or diamonds, all of which are secure and intact. While it looks that the original enameling was deep royal blue, it appears that it may have since been repaired with black enameling. This is only noticeable under close examination and does not detract from the beauty of the piece. Additionally, there is some very minimal surface wear to a small portion of the enameling, which is normal given the age of the piece, and it is not noticeable when worn.