Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
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An outstanding, gold-rush-era necklace, whose large pendant center is modeled as a crescent moon. This moon has a 14k gold base, covered with carefully and closely placed natural gold nuggets, and it features, at its center, a carved piece of natural horn, that follows the shape of the crescent. The contrast between this smooth, carved-horn gem, and the natural texture of the nuggets is especially winning. We've added a mid-weight, 14k gold cable chain, and oriented the moon with its points up, like Diana's horned moon, or like a wet moon, so named because it looks, in the sky, like a bowl that could catch and hold the rain.
It's always exciting to find antique gold nugget jewelry, and these moons are my favorites; a piece this large is a rare find. This 16" necklace is made to rest at the clavicle.
Natural gold nuggets (testing about 22k)
Moon measures approx 55 mm (about 2.17 inches), wide, from point-to-point; height is approx 8 mm, at the center. Weight is approx 7.6 grams. Cable chain links measure 1.5 mm.
This nugget moon was originally a watch pin, equipped with a brooch fitting and a pendant bail. It has been thoughtfully converted by my talented bench jeweler. If you think you need more length in the chain, please contact me.