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Convertible Diamond Drop Pendant


This diamond drop pendant, consisting of concentric circles of chunky old diamonds set in silver-topped gold collets, has a dark patina that sets a dramatic stage for the gems to play with white light. An unusually versatile piece, it has a detachable bail and pin, meaning it can as easily hang by a ribbon on the neck, as it can be pinned into upswept hair or onto a gown; a sparkling convertible jewel for truly all occasions.

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Item #: PT-19212
Country: England (attributed to)
Circa: 1870s-1880s
Size: 1.75" length, 1.25" width
Materials: Center old European-cut diamond (weighing approximately 2.35 carats); 28 Old mine- and old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 10.65 carats); 3 Old European- and mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight of 0.65 carat) on detachable bail; Silver-topped 14K gold; Gold hairpin and brooch findings; Together with fitted box

Diamonds from this period were cut with crown-heavy proportions that balanced the gems’ unique capacity for creating fire, scintillation, and brilliance, and ideal for scattering light around the face in a time of candlelight and chandeliers.