I stood on the curb at Heathrow airport waiting for my friend to pick me up. She pulled up in her Mini Cooper, hair wind blown, Hunter boots covered in mud. I rode with her into the Yorkshire countryside, down narrow, winding roads lined with hand stacked stone walls that have stood sentry for hundreds of years. In the sunny kitchen of her remolded 15th century barn I dug through trays of jewels while the smells of coffee and bacon worked their magic to allay my jet lag. I found this piece there, on that sunny morning, my eye wandering to look out the deep, stone rimmed window to a blooming weeping tree over a perfect little pond, the landscape rolling away behind them.
This wonderful pendant was likely made to be worn by a woman in mourning. It was hand crafted in England in about 1870 and is set with a large and perfectly smooth oval cabochon of banded agate in black and white. The agate is set into a frame of 15 karat gold which is decorated with a fantastic geometric pattern of black name. This pendant was likely set with a locket to the reverse originally, but this has been lost to the ages, it doesn’t affect the look of this statement pendant.
Overall this pendant measures 45.3 mm north to south and 29.2 mm across, it’s 10.9 mm deep. The stone measures 24.2 x 20.5 x 5.8 mm. While unmarked, this pendant has been acid tested to verify its 15k gold content, it weighs 11.2 grams.
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Item ID: PTA22465VA