Esclavage Bow

Esclavage Bow
«Esclavage Bow»

Features: gold, silver, rare stones combined with large diamonds; elaborately shaped pendant consisting of a small diamond bow with a round spinel in the middle and large spinel pendant in a lacy diamond frame is suspending from the central spinel
Origin: made by jeweller Leopold Pfisterer on 10 April 1764 for Empres Catherine the Great

Jewellers refer to the word 'esclavage' meaning a small necklace. This type of jewellery came into fashion in early 60s of the XVIII century. They were worn in the following pattern: a wide lace or velvet ribbon was wrapped around a neck and over it an esclavage' was pinned or clasped. Various shapes of esclavage were depicted on the portraits dating back to that period of time. They are also exhibited in museum collections. The one concerned is a luxurious bow measuring 11.5 x 11 cm (4,5 x 4,3 in). Its frame is made of gold and silver but is practically invisible as it is entirely covered with diamonds and spinel. Spinel is a group of rather widely spread minerals. Alexandrite and chrysoberyl are examples of this kind of gems.

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