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Victorian Valentine\'s Diamond Heart Pendant

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Offered for sale is an important and very LARGE antique Victorian circa 1880 diamond set early Valentine's day heart pendant necklace. The heart necklace pendant could also be used as brooch and is crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, while the diamonds are typically for the period set in silver settings. The exceptional designs exhibits a large 7mm x 5.8mm rectangular emerald cut natural untreated fine Colombian emerald centerpiece with exceptional green color and estimated weight of 1 carat. The heart is slightly bulging and follows the shape and texture of a real heart and is not a flat jewel. The necklace pendant is fully paved with 150 round old European cut diamonds with an estimated total diamond weight of 9 carats. The hook atop is also paved with several smaller diamonds. All diamonds have a superb white color in the F-G color range and general VS clarity. The diamonds are graduated in various sizes in order to fit the mesmerizing paving throughout. The back of the heart pendant is additionally adorned by a border of finely carved and hand engraved gold in the fashion of scrolling wave like motifs towards its inner rim. Seen from behind, the pendant’s setting is almost entirely pierced and filed away. It creates the appearance of a honeycomb in gold. Perfect strength with a minimum of material, though a maximum of labor. After the sawing and filing, cotton string and pith wood charged with fine abrasive powders and carried by beeswax were “thrummed” to mirror polish the cutaways. The process creates the perfect seats for each small diamond. From the back just as much as the front, this is perfection seldom seen. This Valentine's day diamond heart necklace pendant is one of the largest seen at the market and measures 40mm (1.58") tall with hook and 35.5mm (1.40") wide. Gross weight is 16.4 grams. Although not marked, the present piece of important antique Victorian jewelry is most certainly of an English manufacture and a special custom made to order piece. Similarly spectacular and emblematic for the Victorian era diamond set large necklace pendants are seldomly seen offered for sale and usually belong to private collections. The last reference of a nearly identical piece is from a major jewelry gallery in London and is currently offered in the $50,000 range. Absolutely scarce and important antique jewelry collector piece and one of the very rare Victorian diamond necklaces, pendants, brooches and jewels in general.


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