ANTIQUE GEORGIAN ERA FLAMING HEART OLD MINE CUT DIAMOND PENDANT
This antique piece was handcrafted sometime during the Georgian design period (1715-1840). The Georgian era is named for four different British monarchs who collectively reigned for a little over one hundred years. This design period is a lengthy one, known for it’s romantic and floral motifs. The pendant setting is crafted from 14K rose gold and topped with sterling silver. Why was sterling silver used in some antique jewelry? We often see sterling silver used in Georgian and Victorian pieces in the way white gold would be used in more modern jewelry design; to contrast gold and accentuate diamond scintillation. White gold was not invented for practical use until the very late Victorian period and platinum was not made mailable enough for jewelry design until around the same time. White gold and platinum were not in large distribution until the early 20th century. So if a Georgian or Victorian jewelry designer wanted a white metal to craft with they turned to sterling silver. Sterling silver actually faces whiter than platinum or white gold before it inevitably tarnishes from oxidation. Some collectors find that a deep patina on antique sterling silver pieces makes them more desirable. This Georgian pendant features 50 Rose and Old Mine cut diamonds. These antique diamond cuts are some of the very oldest cuts and they have a very unique and recognizable shape. Old mine cut diamonds were cut by hand to scintillate in soft candlelight or gas lamp light sources. The term “Old Mine” refers to the fact that most of these diamonds came from very early diamond sources in India and Brazil; before “new” mines in Africa were discovered. This diamond pendant features approximately 1.0 carat of diamonds; combined total weight. The pendant measures approximately 1 & 1/2 inches in width and 1 & 3/8th inches in length.
Chain pictured for illustrative purposes only. Please inquire about chain options available for this piece.