Victorian Etruscan Revival Banded Agate Pendant 18k Gold

A map of the British Empire done in 1890 might reveal a few clues as to why the Brit's were so enamored with Revival Styles. Spread out across the globe, they were digging up bits of old civilizations in a myriad of locales. Renaissance Revival, Egyptian Revival, and, as with this fantastic pendant, Etruscan Revival, were all popular motifs in Victorian times.

Reaching it's peak in the 1860's and 1870's, and characterized by the use twisted wire work and granulation, English Etruscan Revival pieces were often set with banded agate, as is this one. Wearing black after the death of a loved one was expected and jewels in black and white were allowed with mourning wear. This one is set with a locket to the reverse, which quite commonly would have held a lock of hair from a lost loved one.

This hand crafted English pendant was made around 1880 and is set in 18 karat gold. The pendant measures 50 mm from top to bottom and 29.4 mm across, it sits 13.7 mm high. The banded agate set into this pendant is 29x23 mm. This wonderful piece has no hallmarks but tests as 18 karat gold, it weighs 15.4 grams.

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ITEM ID: PTA24064VA



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