EUROPEAN NOBLE WOMAN'S PENDANT C.1500-1700
Gilt bronze, bag shaped with delicately incised inverted heart motif to the front and vestigial draw strings at the neck. This is unmistakably a money bag and a reference, perhaps armorial, to the status of the wearer. It may represent a family of money changers who brokered the currencies of various countries for commerce. The great Rothschild fortune began with money changing. Just over 3/4" height plus the suspension loop. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored on a gilt Sterling silver neck chain. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.