Jewelry and Vertu > A Russian antique silver gilt-mounted unakite miniature pendant Easter egg

A Russian silver gilt-mounted unakite miniature pendant Easter egg, Moscow, 1908-1917. The egg carved from a pale pink and celadon green unakite, set with silver gilt cap-form mount, the suspension struck with 84 silver standard and Cyrillic maker’s mark NG or IG. Height with suspension ring: 5/8 in. (1.5 cm).

Unakite is named for the Unaka Mountains, located between Tennessee and North Carolina, where it was first discovered in 1874. In Russia, it occurs only in the Kola Peninsula, a far northern area on the Barents Sea. The unique stone is composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote, and quartz and is hard enough to be classed as a semi-precious stone. This particular piece was selected for carving and polishing because of the clear delineation between the minerals and the clarity and intensity of the pink and green colors. 

Price: $950

Item#: 1706-039F

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