This is a sparkly, antique goldstone glass and gold-filled metal pendant necklace from the 1880s. The glass’s lovely orangish-brown color is complimented with millions of glittering copper inclusions that add a vibrant sparkle: a great mid-Victorian, or Grand era, piece to add to your antique collection.
Goldstone is not made of gold and is not a stone but glass filled with copper flecks that create the lovely aventurescence. Aventurine is Italian for “chance,” most likely because it was discovered by accident by an alchemist. Goldstone originated in Europe in Venice’s 17th century and was widely used in the Georgian era and the Grand Victorian era.
The necklace is in very good antique condition with minimal signs of wear. The glass and metal have a few fine lines and marks but nothing noticeable or distracting. The chain is a replacement and stamped 1/20-12K.
The necklace measures 17″ long, the pendant is 6/8″ tall and 5/8″ wide and weighs 3.91 grams. The box is for display only.
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