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13 July 2009
15th Century Gold And Diamond Pendant Goes On Sale At Sotheby's
Posted By Richard Preece

A gold and diamond pendant which is said to be valued between £150,000 and £250,000 is to go on sale on today.

The auction is set to take place at Sotheby`s and the pendant is said to be a piece of jewellery that dates back to the 15th century reports Art Daily.

The historic piece of jewellery was uncovered in a field by an amateur metal detector and it is predicted that it had remained buried in the same place since the rein of Henry VIII. The pendant is about the same size as the average British postage stamp and has been designed and carved with the images of the Holy Spirit, God the Father and the Son.

Spokeswoman for the works of art department at Sotheby’s, Carolyn Miner commented that the recent finding was extremely rare and was a perfect example of the remarkable craftsmanship of the period stating the pendant was "staggeringly ornate for such a small piece".

She continued: "It is remarkable that a gold pendant has survived intact and in such wonderful condition since the second half of the 15th century."

In other related news, a solid diamond and gold crucifix which dates back to the 16th century which was also discovered recently during an excavation is to be sold for display at a London museum.

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