Fine Renaissance Revival Gold, Natural Pearl, Enamel, and Diamond Pendant, c. 1870, depicting St. George and the Dragon, St. George with bezel-set old European-cut diamond measuring approx. 7.50 mm, fancy-cut diamonds, and baroque pearl drop, suspended from pearl chain, lg. 4 3/8 in.
Note: Accompanied by GIA report no. 6203063804, dated March 5, 2019, stating that the pearl drop is natural, Pteriidae family, no indications of treatment.
Similar examples of Renaissance jewels in numerous museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, once thought to be of the period, are attributed to German goldsmith Reinhold Vasters (January 2, 1827-June 14, 1909). He became a master at recreating Renaissance jewels and objects, which made their way into numerous collections, possibly including the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum. After his death, his drawings were acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Their rediscovery in the 1970s brought to light numerous copies, and there are likely many yet to be discovered.
11.72 x 10.41 mm, length not measurable, but approx. 15.00 mm from cap. Some minor enamel loss. Diamond cannot be graded, but is included under magnification.
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