This gorgeous Tri-Color Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is painted on a lovely high grade of mother-of-pearl with wonderful detail. The mother-of-pearl has wonderful depth and is a bit domed, giving it beautiful color. The composition, the quality of the painting, and the subtle background details are wonderful. After being painted in several layers, the brooch is lacquered several times for protection and beauty. It is durable and will not chip or peel with time. (It should be protected from scratching by sharp objects.)The brooch was painted in November 2006. This artist is one of my favorites, and admirers of his work always comment on his incredible attention to detail and background. His ability to paint in miniature is nothing short of amazing. The brooch/pendant will receive countless compliments! The brooch is 1 1/2 inches tall and 1 3/4 inches wide. The sterling silver pendant converter is suitable for chains and collars up to 2.7 mm in diameter. If desiring to wear it as a brooch, simply remove the converter and store in the supplied velveteen bag (in which the brooch ships for protection and storage). If a larger converter is needed, I can supply information on w to get one. About the seller: I have lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, for 14 years, w I work in leadership development of college students. For the last three years, I have been developing my business, Hansa Traders, through which I sell quality Russian handpainted and handcrafted items. I am enthralled with the Russians' ability to create gorgeous works of art in miniature. For more information, buyers can view my About Me page: /ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=hansatraders Or simply click on the 'me' icon near my feedback rating. Thank you! Customer satisfaction is guaranteed, and shipment will be prompt!