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Opal and Diamond Horseshoe Pendant Brooch


Dating from c. 1880, this 18K gold horseshoe pendant brooch is set with cabochon opal and old mine-cut diamonds. Suspended from a retractable opal and diamond bail, the horseshoe is composed of oval cabochon opals outlined in old mine-cut diamonds, and is accompanied by brooch fittings for conversion. Wear this magical jeweled pendant with its glowing crystal opals and sparkling diamonds as your enchanting everyday good luck charm.

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Item #: PT-20165
Circa: 1880
Size:  1.25” length x 1.0625” width
Materials: 22 cabochon opals; 40 old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.60 carats); 18K gold; (with findings for conversion to brooch)

The horseshoe is a talismanic European symbol, derived from the tradition of St. Dunstan, a clever blacksmith who confounded Satan by hammering ill-fitted shoes onto his cloven feet. The horseshoe can be wielded in two ways for its totemic power. Worn upward facing, it gathers up good fortune for the wearer. Worn facing down, it showers happiness and good fortune on the wearer and nearby loved ones.