Antique Victorian 18K convertible pendant brooch tassel with black tracery

This beautifully detailed 18K Victorian piece consists of a convertible pendant + brooch and a detachable foxtail tassel. The body of the piece is shield-shaped and set with amethyst, three seed pearls and richly accented with ‘Taille d’épargne’ enamel. Taille d'épargne is a decorative engraving filled with black enamel, sometimes also called tracery. There is a raised, textured leaf at the center as well as incised details and coiled gold around the edges. Attached at the back is a removable foxtail chain fringe tassel! The piece can also be clipped onto a chain and worn as a pendant.

The ‘Taille d’épargne’ enamel technique was used to decorate Victorian bracelets, brooches and watch cases. Black enamel creates a stark contrast to yellow colored metal and was utilized for both fine details and all over decoration in mourning jewelry.

Dimensions: 13.6 grams, 1 inch x 1 ¾ inches
Era: 1850s-1870s
Markings: N/A, x-rayed for 18K gold

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