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VictorianEnamel, Rose Cut Diamond, Pearl and Persian TurquoiseStarburst Pendant

This very large and very outstanding Victorian era starburst pendant is rendered in 18k yellow gold and is absolutely encrusted with gemstones. The arms of the starburst at the center are lined with black enamel and studded with rose cut diamonds and surmounted by an oval Persian turquoise cabochon within a halo of yet more rose cut diamonds. The celestial focal point sits within a frame of turquoise cabochons and is capped with a spray of seed pearls with interstitial rose cuts. Hangs from an 18" antique 9k gold chain.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, enamel, 44 rose cut diamonds, 9 4mm turquoise cabochons, 9.5 x 6.5mm enter turquoise cabochon, seed pearls, 9k gold chain.

  • Age

    Pendant c. 1870, chain c. 1900

  • Condition

    Very good - tiniest bit of wear evident on the enamel.

  • Size

    2 5/8" length including the bale, 1 3/8" width, 18" chain.

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