An exceptional example of the Portuguese bow-knot pendant in a quality we are proud of to present. The exquisite design, excellently executed by highly skilled jewellers is a true joy for the eye. This type of jewel is called a laça bow-knot. The abundantly used diamonds and heavy gold metal work can make us only wonder what high class noble lady this jewel belonged to.
This piece has to be worn on a short ribbon around the neck.
Diamonds: No less than 46 (!) table cut rose cut diamonds and one high domed rose cut diamond . We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts. The rose cuts are set on foil. This is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality.
Material: warm yellow gold 18K (and most likely of a higher alloy)
Style specifics: Typically Portuguese 17th Century
Period: ca. 1650
Condition: extremely good condition
Source of inspiration: One may note the inspiration of a textile bow, the maker of this object had to make it into a bejewelled bow, revealed by very fine lace copied on to the precious metal on the top outlines of two loops. Bow jewelry, the style of jewel of gold and diamonds which originated from the bows and ribbons worn on garments, was a very sophisticated and popular source of inspiration in Portuguese jewelry.
Dimensions: height 8.10 cm (3.19 inch), width 4.00 cm (1.57 inch)
Weight: 29.60 gram (19.03 dwt)
Reference Nº: 12055-0015
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