Gemstone: Natural Half Pearl
Material: 14ct Yellow Gold
Measurements: 35 mm length, 31 mm width.
Ian Abeshouse Valuation $2,000.00
An Edwardian starfish and crescent moon pendant & brooch. The central starfish motif is surrounded by 6 crescent moons and is embellished with 67 natural half pearls ranging in size from 1.30 to 3.00 mm. This delicate design is a typical representation of the Belle Èpoque period. Fashion was changing with lace and ruffles becoming all the rage and jewellery followed suit, becoming finer, lighter and more intricate. The use of small natural pearls were extremely popular for the time and were worn alongside the fineness of lace tea gowns.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.