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  • Place of origin:

    Portugal (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pierced gold set with rose-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Walter Child

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This kind of pendant, known as a laça (meaning lace bow in Portuguese), is typical of the kind of jewellery made and worn in Portugal in the 17th and 18th centuries. It continued in use in the 19th century, when it became part of the traditional costume. It would have been worn, accompanied by matching earrings, hanging from a ribbon. Similar pendants were made in Spain but the little bridge over the loop which holds the lower pendant is typical of Portuguese work.

It was bought at Funchal, in Madeira, before being given to the Museum in 1908.

Physical description

Two-part pierced gold pendant set with rose diamonds in closed settings, with the top part shaped like a stylised bow. The central diamond in each part is nailed to the base. There is a curved loop for suspension on the back of the top part.

Place of Origin

Portugal (made)


1700-1799 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pierced gold set with rose-cut diamonds


Height: 4.7 cm, Width: 4.3 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Object history note

Acquired at Funchal, Madiera

Descriptive line

Pierced gold pendant set with rose-cut diamonds, Portugal, 1700-1799.


Gold; Diamond


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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