Charming Edwardian Half Crescent moon by Henry Birks and Sons.
Crafted from 15ct yellow gold around 1890 this piece is a wonderful example of Late Victorian/Art Nouveau style when celestial jewellery was all the rage.
Representing the feminine symbol of the Moon Goddess symbolising change and female empowerment.
Set with graduated natural half seed Pearls this piece would have started its life as a brooch we believe and sometime in its history has been converted masterfully into a pendant with the addition of loop and bale.
Dainty, infinitely pretty and wearable this lovely piece by Birks can be worn alone or add her to your favourite #neckmess of the day!
History of Henry Birks
Henry Birks (30 November 1840 – 16 April 1928) was a Canadian businessman and founder of Henry Birks and Sons a chain of high-end Canadian jewellery stores.
In 1857, Birks was hired as a clerk at Savage and Lyman in Montreal reputed to be the finest jeweller and watchmaker in the Province of Canada at that time. Although Birks eventually became a partner in the firm in 1868, the company's later financial difficulties encouraged Birks to leave in 1877. With an investment of C$3000, Birks opened his own small jewellery shop in 1879 on Saint James Street in the heart of Montreal's financial and commercial district.
In 1893, Birks went into partnership with his three sons (William, John and Gerald), and the name of the firm became Henry Birks and Sons. As the focus of Montreal's commercial centre moved north towards Saint Catherine Street, the Birks store moved to new premises on Phillips Square in 1894, where the company still maintains a store and corporate offices. Commencing in 1901, Birks oversaw the expansion of the company across the country, with stores opening in Canada's largest cities
Natural half seed Pearl
Drop including bale 3cm
Very good antique condition. All Pearls original, no re-gluing. Pendant is a conversion from a brooch and only very faint evidence to rear of pendant, quality job.
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