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.
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