According to Greek myth, the griffin was a creature with a lion's body attached to the head, wings, and claws of an eagle. Blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion, the griffin combines the symbolic qualities of both the lion and the eagle. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord of the earth.
Victorians were enamored with the Ancient Greeks and all things mythical, incorporating the styles and motifs from the period into art and jewelry. The Griffin held a fascination for them with its duality of nature and was used prior to that on many coat of arms.
This beast of a pendant was probably worn by a gentleman as a watch fob. Made from a whopping 21 grams of 18 karat gold, he sports rose cut diamonds and rubies on his wings, and carries a .26 carat old mine cut diamond in his beak. The circular design gives the feel of movement, while maintaining a compact shape suitable for holding in one's hand. Today, it makes a wonderful statement as a pendant, perfect for the person who treasures the myths, magical creatures, and beauty of yore.
Dimensions: 36mm long with bale x 25mm wide
Weight: 21 grams; old mine cut diamond approx. 0.26ct
Materials: Gold, rose cut diamonds, old mine cut diamond, rubies
Metal: 18K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition; one ruby stone missing