Edwardian Diamond Gold and Platinum Set Pendant circa 1910 on a platinum chain.
Three principle diamonds, in articulated Edwardian drop collets, Victorian Old Cut (Old Mine) approx 0.45 carat total.
Mix of old mine and rose cut diamonds in a foliate millegrain setting approx 0.35 carat total, G/H/I colour and VS1-SI1. In 18ct yellow gold with Platinum Set.
Total diamond weight: approx 0.80 carats, G/H/I colour and VS1-SI1
In the early 20th century Platinum was an extremely rare metal and was only just beginning to be used in jewellery. Before whole pieces were made in platinum, they used the same technique as they had used in the Georgian/Victorian period with silver setting.
Silver Set was a technique whereby a very thin layer of silver was applied on top of the gold, to which the diamonds were set, in order to show them off to their best advantage (as the yellow colour of the gold would reflect and refract the light, thereby, distorting the white colour of the diamonds).
Height 42mm (including drop)
Width 13mm (at widest point)
Chain length 44cm (17”) approx