"Heavenly Star"

Archaeological Revival Turquoise Enamel and 9k Gold Star Pendant

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  • $995.00
  • Regular price $1,195.00


Archaeological revival was very popular in the second half of the 19th century.  It was a time when numerous sites were being excavated in Europe and the areas where great cultures had thrived, like the Romans, the Greeks and the Egyptians.  It was the perfect moment when jewelry making was expanding and great craftspeople were emerging .  Where were they looking for inspiration, why the past, of course.

"That period was a high point for craftsmanship and gold work, but just as interesting is the way this elaborate style fit with the fashions of the time.Victorian women piled it on. With all those layers of clothing, they had more places to attach and drape things than we do today – including their elaborately pinned and piled hair."*  And why not?  The industrial revolution had freed women from much of the drudgery of house work and many now occupied themselves with  fashion and fashion accessories.  
This sweet enamel pendant with turquoise enamel, a North star at the center and an openwork Greek Key gold brim is one such example.

Details (approximate):

Dimensions: 1" diameter

Weight: 7.2g

Materials: 9k gold, turquoise enamel, rose-cut diamonds, pearl

Metal: 9k gold

Marks: [none]

Condition: Excellent antique condition. There is some wear to the enamel.

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