Age Circa : Art Nouveau C. Markings: LM or opposite, Tested, Guaranteed. LM or opposite, could not find the maker. Gram Weight : 26.8 Grams. 84 Sterling Silver, Gold Wash.Main Stone: Rose Cut Diamond. Accent Stone Measurements/Color: 4 mm in diameter, Pink/Red Hue. Stone Treatment: The stones appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists and cannot be sure. Stone Cuts: Rose Cut Diamonds, Cabochon Cut Rubies. Item Measurements: The pendant measures 2.5" in length by 1.75" in width by.
Notable Features : This pendant was handmade during the Art Nouveau era in Imperial Russia. The pendant is made in the same Faberge inspired style that was so famous during this time period. It is fully signed on the back of the pendant with the Cyrillic initials of (LM or M with the Cyrillic looking L flipped upside down) and tested for silver purity, however we could not find the maker. The pendant is large measuring 2.5 in length and features some of the finest Imperial Craftsmanship I've ever seen.
The overall design includes a Imperial double headed Eagle hand set into the middle of the Onyx Stone. The border of the pendant is hand chiseled/chased with a laurel wreath pattern. Along the top of the pendant is a beautiful Art Nouveau detailed ribbon/bow pattern with the diamond set bale along the top. It is finished off with a light gold wash over the silver.Set into the bale are five graduated hand cleaved old Rose Cut Diamonds. The diamonds feature facets that reflect the light beautifully whenever worn. The pendant also features a cabochon cut natural ruby set into the center of the bow design.
The disk shaped stone in the center is Black Onyx and is beveled/faceted around the edges of the circular design, across the top it is smoothly polished. The pendant is a museum quality masterpiece and was most likely custom commissioned for an extended member of the royal family.
It's not everyday Russian silver hits the open market, most of these prized creations were lost and melted down when the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew the monarchy. We have another similar Russian Pendant for sale, please check out our other items for sale. Please don't miss your chance to own this very special part of history.
This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large.
Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over production of many products, including some jewelry.
Rose cut diamonds have been made for hundreds of years. They date back to the 1500s but really gained popularity during the 1700s and were used until about 1840 when they were replaced with the Mine cut diamond. Rose cut diamonds are unique in the way that they are one of the last types of stones to feature hand cleaved facets on the stone.These stones are meant to look rough as a stone cutter would hand cleave the facets by cutting the diamond with another diamond. They are highly prized and sought after in today's market due to their rarity as most of these stones were lost or re-cut into more modern cuts.
Rubies are one of the four precious gemstones and are prized for their pink to blood red colors. The most valued hue of ruby is called blood-red, or pigeon blood, for the bright, rich hue it exhibits.
The color of a ruby comes from the element chromium. Rubies have adorned royal and religious jewelry for centuries and were especially esteemed in Asian countries like China and India, where they were thought to bring good fortune. Rubies are graded by color, clarity, cut, and carat. Rubies are often also evaluated on the basis of their geographic origin.Laurel leaves have been used in decorative arts since antiquity and carry a variety of meaning. In Ancient Rome and Greece, laurel was said to communicate the spirit of prophecy and poetry and were used to inspire creativity. In Greek mythology, the nymph Daphne changed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous pursuit of the god Apollo, who then granted the tree she had become eternal youth, which is why the laurel tree is evergreen. The heartbroken Apollo declared that her leaves would be used in crowns, which is where the laurel wreath originated.
The Christian Bible uses laurel leaves to symbolize peace and protection from evil. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today.Please take this into consideration before. The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling 84 Silver Russian Diamond Ruby 2.5 Pendant" is in sale since Sunday, June 24, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.