Dolphin-themed jewelry is exceedingly rare. This Georgian seal fob features a highly stylized rendering of this clever animal (exaggerated gills, scalloped scales, and wide buggy eyes) atop a scallop shell. The borderline abstraction of animals in jewelry is not unusual in pieces from this period. It can be credited to one (or all) of the following factors: a stylistic choice of the artist, the aesthetics of the era, and/or the fact that many of the people responsible for making the sensational zoological jewelry of the Georgian period had never actually seen the creatures they were charged with rendering in jewelry form. Made in gold with a bloodstone base.
14k gold (tests), bloodstone, new 14k gold chain
7/8" length including the bale, 18" chain
1714 — 1837
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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.