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#81 Antique Victorian 18K Gold Turquoise Reliquary Pendant
Antique Victorian 18K Gold Turquoise Reliquary Pendant

Now I know what you are thinking because I was thinking it too. It's got to be silver vermeil, right? Well, wrong. And wrong as to the time period. I'll explain. This is a filigree mourning pendant - reliquary - relic that was probably purchased during a trip to the Holy Land - the design is common and was produced right up to the 1960s (heck, maybe it is even made today) but mostly in silver, NOT gold! And the pendants found in the 60s usually just had stones front and back - not a back area that was covered with glass so as to set a small token of a loved reliquary or mourning pendant on the underside. So with all this info in hand, may I offer this very dark gold filigree love knot pendant that bears a natural turquoise cab on one side and a beveled glass panel with a bit of hair on the other. Being gold, this piece was sold to a "person of means" and not to someone of the middle classes.

Condition: Very nice with a bit of green here and there on the underside of the loops as well as under the glass - I have not polished the piece at all in case the new owner wants it to retain its true antique look! No dents or dings to the filigree - no pieces missing. It looks like the glass can be pried out and another bit inserted however it's best that a jeweler do this so as not to damage the glass covering.

Metal Content: 18K Gold. There is no hallmark as is the norm with a lot of Victorian gold pieces, none that I can spot. Frankly there's not much room to put one. Metal was lightly tested in 3 different places to assure gold content AND as of 4/1/19 was professional assayed as 18K gold by Elemetal Refinery of St. Louis, Mo.

Size: From top of bale (NOT jump ring) to bottom measures just a little over 1-1/4"; width is 1-1/8".

Weight: 5.4 grams

Final Comments: Just needs the right chain to make it complete - mine is for display purposes only.




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