One-of-a-kind intaglio produced in Italy from pâte-de-verre, or glass paste, using the lost wax casting technique. The individualized setting is made of 18 Karat gold-plated sterling silver and was designed and handcrafted exclusively for the Getty by California artist, Maria de la Luz. This pearl necklace depicts Neptune fighting Chron in bright teal glass.
- Dimensions: Pendant measures 1 1/4 inches L x 1 7/8 inches W - Chain measures 18 inches L - Materials: 18K gold-plated sterling silver, glass, freshwater pearl, hook closure - Made in the USA - Item #: 92920B
Intaglios, or engraved gems, are hand-carved from hard stones and typically feature an inscription or image on one side. Prominent figures in antiquity had unique intaglios, frequently mounted in a ring, which when pressed in wax served as a seal to authenticate important letters and make forgeries difficult. Beautifully carved ancient gems can be found throughout the Getty Villa's Antiquities collection.
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