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    Thai Gold Pendant set with Black Diamonds

    Bangkok, Thailand
    early 20th century

    length: 4cm, width: 2.5cm, weight: 4g



    private collection

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    This beautiful gold pendant in a raised diamond star-burst form is set with many faceted black diamonds. The pendant is suspended from a gold loop through which a chain could pass. The loop itself is set with a diamond.

    Such pendants were made in Bangkok in the 19th and early 20th centuries and were based on the jewellery that was worn in the Bangkok court. Indeed, many such pieces would have been made for minor royals of whom there were many on account of the extraordinary polygamy of the primary court. Mid-19th century Siamese court dress for ladies was elegant but simple which was perfect for the addition of complex, gem studded brooches, necklaces and pendants.

    The Chakri Dynasty kings were very influenced by European fashions and this flowed through to dress and jewellery. The enormous prestige of the Chakri Dynasty saw these influences emulated by the rest of the upper echelons of Bangkok society.

    Black or carbonado diamonds are found in Borneo in Asia. Larger quantities are found in Africa and Brazil.

    The pendant is in perfect condition. All stones are present, and there are no repairs. The pendant is particularly beautiful and very wearable.


    Richter, A., The Jewelry of Southeast Asia, Thames & Hudson, 2000.

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