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18th Century Iberian Diamond Pendant


18th Century Iberian Diamond Pendant



DATE: Georgian, c.1750

An ornate 18th Century diamond pendant from the Iberian peninsula. The style is striking, and instantly recognisable: characterised by the larger scale of pieces, florid floral openwork, domed rub-over settings, and the use of rose cut diamonds. This one's an interesting example of the style, modelled in 9 karat gold and silver and featuring flower heads and other more abstract foliate motifs. It bears Portuguese hallmarks and, rather interestingly, is presented in a 19th Century fitted box branded Shaplands Jewels & Antiques, London. Shaplands was a pawnbroker and antique jewellery shop located, from some point in the latter half of the 19th Century, at 207 High Holborn, WC1. There are early advertisements (eg The Times, February 25, 1891) naming the business as Cloud & Shapland, and Shapland ran the shop as a pawnbroker specialising in old jewels and also as a clockmaker. Crazy to think that this piece (dating from circa 1750) was sold as an antique pendant way back in the 19th Century.


Rose Cut Diamonds


Length: 7.2cm

Width: 2.5cm




Portuguese hallmarks


Good, some general wear commensurate with age