Van Eyck Pendant with Rainbow Moonstone in 9k Yellow Gold

The Arnolfini Portrait by Van Eyck (1434) wormed its way into my brain about a decade ago, specifically the fisheye mirror. Van Eyck was the first painter to use this perspective. I used it as a starting point for a necklace about ten years after I first sketched it.  This pendant is set with an unusually lovely and eye-clear marquise shaped rainbow moonstone.

Moonstone gets its name from the 'moon like’, shimmering white to blue sheen that flashes across its surface. This gemstone has been valued since at least the 14th century BC when the Egyptian pharaohs wore Moonstones as protective amulets.

Moonstones are found in a variety of pale shades from beige, green, peach, brown, and white. Uncut, these gemstones can be rather dull, but when cut by a master cutter, who, before cutting, aligns the crystal axis exactly at the zenith of the stone, a wonderful cabochon is produced that shows off the Moonstones’ exciting sheen (adularescence).*

The 'Marquise' shape's origin dates back to the 18th century when King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a cut shape that resembled the luscious lips of his mistress Jean Antoinette, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour!

Size: Chain - 16 inch / 40.6 cm. Pendant - 2 cm.

Materials: 9k yellow gold, rainbow moonstone.

*Source: www.houseofgems.com



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