Victorian 800 Silver Persian Turquoise Glass Triple Star Large Pendant
Large and spectacular, this Victorian pendant has a vibrant sky-blue color from its array of glass cabochons, made to simulate Persian turquoise. The five-point star design was popular in jewelry during the Victorian era and was known to symbolize good luck as well as direction and guidance of the spirit. This pendant is unique in that it incorporates three stars into its design, a smaller star sets atop the other (making a 10-point star) and dangles freely from the five-point star bale. Lovely to have the original bale still in place, this striking piece is delicate feeling while bold looking when worn.
The Finer Points Condition: Excellent. This piece is fresh looking, it must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The silver setting is intact with a bright patina that has little surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots.
* The glass cabs are all in place and look original with a soft amount of surface scratching notable on close inspection.
* There are no chips to the glass.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Length 1 3/4" including bale
Width 1 3/8"
Mark No mark
Bale Secure, and original
Weight 8 grams
Material Tests for 800 silver
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