This is a beautiful Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) silver pendant dating to about 1905. It has an open mesh centre with a wreath-like border of stylized laurel leaves and criss-crossed ribbons – a popular motif in early 20th century German jewellery. The mesh has a millegrain-like texture, overlaid with four glossy sprigs of leaves curling in towards a bezel-set stone at the centre of the pendant. The stone is a delicious deep raspberry or rubellite colour with flashes of hot pink. I’m not able to confirm if it is a genuine gemstone but it’s rich colour and crisp sparkle suggest it may be.
The silver is 800 grade – a common silver standard in Germany after 1884 – so it has a somewhat cooler tone than sterling. The pendant is finished with a plain loop and sizeable jump ring, and is generously sized – larger than most pendants of this type and age.
Dimensions: 3 cm in diameter (1 3/16”), not including the top loop and jump ring.
Marks: The pendant is stamped “800” on the reverse; there are no maker’s marks.
Condition: This lovely antique pendant is in excellent condition, with no damage to the stone. It is quite clean but please note, I have not cleaned it myself – it is “as found”. The patina is smooth and the recesses darkened by tarnish – reassuring signs that it has not been dunked at any time in the evil silver dip.