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Pendant

1750-1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the 17th century, new ways of cutting gems, particularly diamonds, led to a new style of jewellery throughout Europe, in which the gems themselves had greater prominence. One of the most popular designs was a stylised bow, with an oval pendant hanging below it. In Portugal this pattern, called a Laça (meaning a bow of ribbon), continued in use with traditional costume up to the early 20th century.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold set with rose-cut diamonds
Brief Description
Gold pendant (laça) set with rose-cut diamonds, Guimarães (Portugal), 1750-1850.
Physical Description
Bow-shaped pendant of openwork gold set with diamond chips in closed mounts, surrounded by wire scrolls, with a pendant of similar construction hanging from its lower edge. There is a loop for suspension on the back of the top part.
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.7cm
  • Width: 4.2cm
  • Depth: 0.9cm
Summary
In the 17th century, new ways of cutting gems, particularly diamonds, led to a new style of jewellery throughout Europe, in which the gems themselves had greater prominence. One of the most popular designs was a stylised bow, with an oval pendant hanging below it. In Portugal this pattern, called a Laça (meaning a bow of ribbon), continued in use with traditional costume up to the early 20th century.
Collection
Accession Number
15-1866

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record createdJuly 28, 2006
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