French Renaissance Revival Diamond and Enamel Necklace/Brooch, Circa 1900
ABOUT THIS NECKLACE
Life was challenging after the fall of Rome and, while some good things came out of the Middle Ages (eyeglasses, the printing press!), things really picked up with the start of the Renaissance--which included a 'rebirth' of artistic endeavors. Characteristically, the jewelry was ornate, intricate, and colorful, with the most important piece being the pendant. This beautifully sculpted French pendant/brooch, featuring a bright .40 carat old mine-cut diamond accented with white enamel, is an intriguing mélange of many things--a pair of opposing eagles, tiny diamond-dotted flowers, a small plume glittering with rose-cut diamonds, scrolls and swirls, and one small bezel-set diamond dangle. Wow! A ravishing revival. Total diamond weight, .50 carat. Hand fabricated in 18K gold and platinum (stone settings). Circa 1900. 18-inch chain.