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Hancocks London’s February Jewel of the Month: Tiffany & Co.’s 1915 Pendant

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This month, high-end jeweler Hancocks London is staying on trend by naming a heart-shape piece as its jewel of the month. Made by Tiffany & Co. in 1915, the lovely antique, diamond-encrusted pendant (pictured) is not only romanticized for its shape but also for its moment in time. 

The house’s director, Guy Burton, explained in a statement that “by the early 20th century Tiffany was one of the premier jewelers not in only in America but also the world, and this is a truly beautiful example of their work. They had enjoyed great success at several World Fairs, acquired the magnificent canary yellow Tiffany Diamond, and taken home a total of 24 lots from the auction of the French crown jewels, spending an extraordinary $480,000—a sum greater than the next nine largest buyers combined.”

Featuring a significant dome shape, fully set with 3.8 cts. t.w. of old European–, brilliant-cut diamonds, the pendant measures up to a generous inch high and wide and is suspended from a detachable diamond loop. Perhaps more interesting than its front, however, is its detail-oriented 18k gold back: “When we turn this one over, we can see the incredibly fine hand piercing that allows maximum light into the piece along with the lovely fluted gold frame,” said Hancocks London in a statement. “This Edwardian-era heart is as classically elegant as one would expect from fine jewellery of this period. The quality of craftsmanship is superb, and, as with all the finest jewellery, the back is as beautifully finished as the front.”

The pendant promises to bring the elegance of the early-20th century to present day. “Today the Tiffany name is synonymous the world over with American style and luxury, and their jewellery has long been worn by many of the world’s most elegant women,” said Burton.

Top: Tiffany & Co. diamond heart pendant, circa 1915, in platinum and 18k gold with 3.8 cts. t.w. old European–, brilliant-cut diamonds, £19,950 (approximately $27,000); Hancocks London

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By: Annie Davidson

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