One of the most exciting aspects in the life of a vintage jewelry dealer is.. the thrill of the hunt! One sets out on a trip of discovery hoping to come upon that special piece which nobody else has identified and walk home with a treasure one can study and admire and eventually send off to a new home. The stunning pendant I am presenting here I encountered for the first time many years ago, when I was still a novice. I have been looking for another example all this time, not being able to find one to my dismay. Yet never lose hope – because here it is, once again! Wonderful peacock abalone inlay that changes colors with the changing light, set in a big round platform adorned with oxidation and tiny little circular motifs. Yet the piece-de-resistance is the luscious sterling rose applique resting in full bloom at the center of the disk. It is riveted to the pendant’s back and can swivel and its oxidation makes it look almost life-like. The chain I have paired it with is probably earlier and maybe not even Mexican yet it is the perfect match for it, don’t you think?
Size/Weight: pendant is 2 3/4″ in diameter (without the bail) and adds a 3 3/4″ drop to the chain; chain is 25″ long; 62.3 grams (for the duo)
Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials on pendant as shown as well as “HECHO EN MEXICO STERLING 925”; chain is not marked yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .800 though I believe it’s sterling; 1930s-40s for the pendant; the chain is earlier, possibly early 20th c.
Condition: excellent vintage with imposing presence and lots of flower power, having fantastic patina, all of its abalone inlay intact, with no damage and no repairs noted – a fantastic pendant / chain combination
SOLD – Thank you!