• Pendant: Caravella

    Technique:
    chased, polished and painted
    Dimensions:
    9,3x6 cm

Pendant: Caravella

Spain, 1580s

An extremely rare example of Spanish jewellery of the late 16th century, this caravel is formed of a marvellous Columbian emerald, set off by gold and enamel. Pendants were amongst the most common kinds of jewellery in the 16th to 18th century, used either simply for personal adornment or as a protective amulet. Such caravel pendants were extremely popular in the 16th century - the caravel ship being closely linked with the era of great travellers and discoveries. The Spanish caravel is attached by gold chains to a cross made up of four emeralds. The sail, the body of the ship and the tops of the masts are decorated with white and black enamel typical of Spanish works. On the stern are gold arabesque patterns. The weight of the Columbian emerald used for the jewellery work is 125 carats and the overall weight of the emeralds is 190 carats

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Pendant: Caravella

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Technique:

chased, polished and painted

Dimensions:

9,3x6 cm

Inventory Number:

Э-2944

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