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Silver and Enamel Egg Pendant

Silver and Enamel Egg Pendant

Regular price $325.00 USD
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Guilloché is a name for a variety of enamelwork wherein enamel is set atop a patterned metal (typically sterling silver) base. An incredible invention called a rose lathe is worked over the metal, yielding intricate and entrancing patterns that have an incredible variety. These patterns shimmer and shine beautifully through the finished enamel result. The master jeweler, Carl Faberge, famously employed guilloché in his designs, which can be found in museums and collections all over the world. Faberge produced numerous “egg” designs, both in large scale and pendants, which were often given as gifts by members of the Imperial family at Easter time. Eggs in this context were powerful symbols of new life, resurrection, hope, purity and potential.

This pendant was crafted in Soviet Russia (it even features a hammer and sickle hallmark at the bail) from sterling silver, and originally had a gold “wash” which has worn away a bit. The result is a beautiful patina that perfectly complements the pristine violet colored enamel, which has a high gloss and no dips, pits or chips. It features a textural silver border which bisects the length of the egg and acts as a “frame” to the enamelwork, elevating the ornamentation of the jewel. The pendant hangs on a gold-filled cable chain, which fastens with a spring ring style clasp.

More details:

Pendant: 29.1mm long (including bail,) 16.1mm wide, 14.4mm deep. Chain: 18” long.

Excellent condition

Sterling silver pendant and gold-filled chain (both stamped)

7.4 grams

All purchases arrive in a gift box, wrapped with a ribbon.

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