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From 1500 to 1700 Spanish jewellers often made lavish use of emeralds. The Spanish had access to immense quantities of gold, silver, emeralds and pearls through their colonies in South America. This resulted in opulent emerald-studded jewels unlike anything produced elsewhere in Europe. The reverse of this pendant, however, is engraved with the swirling botanical motifs that were popular elsewhere.

Details

  • Title: Pendant
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1675/1700
  • Location: Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 10.7 cm, Width: 8.2 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm
  • Provenance: Given by Dame Joan Evans
  • Medium: Gold, set with table-cut emeralds, and hung with an emerald drop

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