An extremely rare and beautiful antique art nouveau French pendant c.1900 featuring the lucky number "13", set into 18k white and yellow gold with rose cut diamonds in a milgrain setting typical of the era.
With a complex history, thirteen as an unlucky number is a very prevalent notion only in the West. In much of the world, it is seen as lucky. Ancient Egyptians considered the number lucky. In Christianity, Jesus had twelve apostles which, including himself, made 13. It is a prime number and, since it cannot be divided into threes, is viewed as a stable number. In India, the 13th day of the Lunar fortnight is known to be highly auspicious and is called Tryodashi. It belongs to Shiva and is said to bestow long life, peace and good fortune. In France, the number was traditionally considered lucky prior to the First World War and was used in numerical form as a good luck symbol on postcards and charms.
This good luck pendant weighs 1.9g and measures 20.3mm in diameter (without the bail). French horse head hallmark on the loop holding the bail representing pre-1919 18k gold. You will receive the pictured pendant.
* Chain not included.
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