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A majestic historical pendant of the early 20th century features a mother of pearl carving depicting the Virgin Mary. A 18ct gold jewel comprised of the finest French craftspersonship, this pendant is a standout among religious medallions of the era. I’ve seldom seen so glowing an example- invisibly set with a 32 pearl halo around the peculiarly tombstone shaped token. 

My favorite design element of the jewel is the two dimensional, etched rendering of the receding apse of a cathedral behind the virgin, who is carved in the positive to create a tactile point of worship for the wearer. Objects like this were collected throughout the life of a French woman, as she honored her religious journey at various markers of importance. This luxurious memento would have been a stellar addition to her jewel box. 


Materials and Features: 


18ct gold, silver, mother of pearl, diamond




Circa 1890 Art Nouveau, French








Weight: 4.6 grams

Dimensions: 34mm including bale


Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. 


Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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