A dainty antique circular peridot pendant from the Art Nouveau era, c1890! The gorgeous Australian piece is made of 9ct gold, a stunning antique rose hue gleams from the surface. The piece started it's life as a brooch and since has been beautifully converted and modernized into an elegant pendant. The piece features a bright natural peridot gemstone at the centre. The distinct 'lime' green shade and radiance of the peridot adds a glorious pop of colour to the piece. The classic oval-shaped peridot is a nice size measuring 7.60mm x 5.90mm and approximate weight is 0.80-carat. The open circular design with flowing ribbon to the bottom is reminiscent of the wonderful Art Nouveau aesthetics. The peridot rests in an understated six-claw setting on a fine gold wire stem. An oval loop attaches to the top frame, where a chain of your choice can be threaded through. Stamped '9CT' to the reverse.
A near to identical design of this piece can be seen in the book 'Australian Jewellery 19th and 20th Century' by Schofield and Fahy (pg138). The authors have dated the piece to circa 1890 and the maker 'JM Wendt', although no makers marks are sighted to this piece, only the gold stamp.
A unique antique pendant, a simple yet elegant design which would look lovely on it's own, or layered with other necklaces. Perfect for the peridot admirer! Peridot is the traditional birthstone for the month August.