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Silver-Topped Gold and Diamond Pendant Brooch

$52,500

This extraordinary French silver-topped gold pendant brooch, from the era of Napoleon III, is designed with scrolling floral motifs suspending articulated double festoons, all set with over twelve carats of old mine-cut diamonds that drop and dangle. Against the dark patina of the silver-topped gold, the intense sparkle and white light reflection of the diamonds, and their flexible hanging pendant, is all the more dazzling. Wear this exceptional ornament period-style on a velvet ribbon as a pendant, or pin it to the collar of a button down shirt for a chic antique-to-modern look.

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Country: France
Circa: 1860s-1870s
Size: 4” length, 1.875” width
Materials: 163 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight of 12.40 carats); Silver-topped 18K gold

Parisian jewelry made in the Napoleon III era, from 1852 to 1870, is associated with high style, sumptuousness, and superb craftsmanship, all qualities we associate with French luxury today. During Napoleon and Eugenie’s reign, Paris was transformed and rebuilt, created the city’s distinctive “Second Empire” style, harmoniously blending Palladian, Baroque, and Renaissance elegance.
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