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Ref HJ6 Comet Pendant
In the early decades of the 19th century astronomers in Britain were gripped by 'comet fever'. Halley's Comet was due to pass in November 1835, an event that occurred only once every 75 years. Halley's was the only comet visible to the naked eye from earth. The public fascination with the comet was a source of inspiration for jewellers, and a variety of comet jewellery was created to celebrate its passing. I have had a number of comet brooches but original comet pendants are unusual. This example is high carat gold set with emerald green paste and colourless paste in foiled and closed back settings. It is 1 and 2/3 inches long and 1/4 of an inch wide. Immaculate.
Halley's Comet passing over London.
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