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  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, set with table-cut emeralds, and hung with an emerald drop

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 52, shelf C, box 3

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.

Physical description

Pendant, the scrolling gold openwork is in the form of a bow surmounted by a crown. From the lower edge hangs a spreading triangular segment hung with an emerald drop.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)


ca. 1680-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, set with table-cut emeralds, and hung with an emerald drop


Height: 10.7 cm, Width: 8.2 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Descriptive line

Pendant with crown design at top, square emeralds set in gold openwork, with large emerald drop, Spain, about 1680-1700.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Edgcumbe, Richard. Catalogue entry. In: Lords of the Ocean. Treasures of the Portuguese Empire in the 16th - 18th centuries, ed. by Yulia Buzykina and Vladimir Tauber. Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Moscow Kremlin Museums, Moscow, 5 December 2017 - 25 February 2018. Moscow, 2017. ISBN 978-5-88678-316-2


Gold; Emerald

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Leaf scrolls; Crowns (headdresses); Flowers (plants)


Images Online; Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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