sixteenth century, French. Because of the incricate,
pierced design (over 120 seperate piercings), and the enourmous resulting
surface area, this has been an expensive piece to gold plate (23 carat).
The original jewel was gold, set with table cut diamonds. This replica uses
cubic zirconia as the finest diamond simulant. From the jewel hangs a
good quality synthetic drop pearl.
jewel was owned by the Duke of Lorraine, though in 1592 he
gave it to the Duchess of Elbeuf as part of the payment on her husbands
Supplied in a grey velour gift box. Width 8cm. Price £45.00.
This jewel may also be ordered with garnets surrounding the
central stone at no extra cost.