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French Art Nouveau 18K Diamond Mythological Griffin Pendant & Brooch

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1900: Item # 1487922
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A wonderful Victorian/Art Nouveau pendant and brooch in the form of a mythological griffin grasping a diamond in its jaws. The creature’s open-winged pose is somewhat unusual for this type of jewel, as they tend to be more curled up in a more circular position. The pose, however, makes for wear as a dramatic pendant hanging from the pendant loops on each wing. The back also has a removable fitting so it can also be worn as a brooch. And finally, there is a watch hook at the bottom that could suspend a watch or a dangling gemstone. The griffin is worked with in great detail and even the back is enhanced with engraved feathers and scales. The old mine cut diamond has good color and VS1 clarity. The pin stem is stamped with French 18K gold hallmarks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1890
  • Dimensions: 2-3/4” x 1-3/8”
  • Condition: excellent, sharp detail
  • Weight: 18.1 grams
  • Approximate Diamond Weight: .33 carat