Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold

* * SOLD * *

Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold

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.

Materials

14k gold
Natural gold nuggets (testing about 22k)
Horn

Age

c. 1900

Condition 

Excellent

Dimensions

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.

Notes

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.

 

Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold
Gold Rush Era Horned Moon Necklace with Natural Gold Nuggets in 14k Gold