A wonderful statement 1970s piece of design- most likely a studio piece, which has been signed on the reverse of the carnelian’s setting. Very beautiful, organic design with the most marvellous cuts of agates, mounted by hand in their own silver settings, giving the illusion of petals.
As soon as I saw this statement piece, it reminded me of Charles Robert Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft pieces. The claws around the central carnelian remind me of his work too. Most likely crafted in the “flower power” 1970s, this pendant is superb! It also has carefully hand worked settings where you can see the amount of human hours it has taken to complete this pendant.
The slices of agate have the most beautiful lines and details in so many colours. I particularly love the browns against the blues.
Of course, there is a rich, warm red to orange running through the whole design, which is finished off so well with the centrally set carnelian. That glowing dark orange which colour shifts from brown to orange, adds a very appropriate focus to the pendant.
It is a large piece, reminding me of a Norman Grant 1970s piece I sold recently….different artist but a similar statement. It measures approx 8.2cm in height, including the bale.
I acquired the piece on this thick 1970s sterling silver chain, so I am happy to include it for you too. The chain has British hallmarks for Birmingham and what looks like 1972. The maker’s mark is there too “WJS” W J Sutton & Sons of Vyse Street.
Lovely long and substantial chain (which it needs to be as the pendant has some weight to it)..at approx 62cm (24 inches).
A beautiful thing indeed which will be sent in a brand new gift box. (Box in the images is for display purposes only.)