In the Museum’s collection is a commesso
pendant of gold, enamel, jewels, and chalcedony, made about 1550–55; a jewel of this description appears in the inventory prepared after King Henry II of France’s death as having “a small figure of agate who admires herself in a diamond.” The central carved figure is Prudence, one of the four Cardinal Virtues, identified by the mirror into which she gazes. Prudence guards Henry II’s tomb at Saint-Denis and has been also associated with Catherine de Médicis. We have adapted the oval frame surrounding the original pendant for our radiant necklace.
24K gold overlay. Hand enameled. Lobster claw closure. Adjusts from 18 1/2''L to 20 1/2"L with extender chain.