Victorian Yellow Gold Hand Painted Portrait Pendant with Diamond Surround (Vintage)
Pretty as a picture. Back in Victorian times, that meant a hand-painted picture (no cameras yet, you see). So if you wanted to remember the curves of your lover’s face, you had someone paint them for you. And it was quite in fashion to do so on a piece of jewelry (the ‘lovers eye’ pieces are great examples of sneaky portraiture). This Victorian Hand Painted Portrait Pendant was a stick pin when we first laid eyes on her. But we felt she’d be better suited as a pendant and so we had her converted.
What We Love About It:
The pretty little face staring back at us is a sweet start. She seems so innocent with her blonde up-do in silhouette. But then you see those chunky diamonds and sheesh. It’s a one-two punch.
As we mentioned, the pendant started its life as a stick pin, but we had it converted to a pendant. It’s crafted in 14kt yellow gold with a hand painted portrait to the center, that’s bezel set and protected with crystal or possibly a heavy plastic, likely added later to protect the image. Surrounding the bezel you’ll find 18 chunky mine cut diamonds, totaling approximately .20 – .25 cts (we did not remove them to have them graded or weighed). They are bright and clear and stunning around our new friend. The pendant itself measures about 5/8″ in diameter and we having it hanging from a 14kt yellow gold 18″ curb-link chain. We can change the chain length or type, should you want longer or shorter. Just message us for pricing prior to purchasing.
We wish we knew who she was and to whom she meant so much, but we’re just as happy making up a story about her and parading her around town. We think you would be too.