French 18kt Y Gold Griffin with Rose Cut Diamonds and Ruby Eye Brooch/Pendant

French 18kt Y Gold Griffin with Rose Cut Diamonds and Ruby Eye Brooch/Pendant~Griffins are so rare; this one is from 1890 to 1900. It can be worn as a brooch or a pendant. What I love about this little guy is the articulation~every part of him is has a design that all fits together into a feeling of great movement; like his wings are ready to take off. Look at his mouth, he is just about to bite someone! French hallmarked. 18kt yellow gold with a matte finish. there are two small hoops that one can thread a chain through and wear as a pendant. He is 1 1/4" tall and 1" wide. Very special little guy~
Nikki L Goodman is a true expert in Estate, Antique and Modern jewelry. She is a Graduate Gemologist (in residence) from the Gemological Institute of America, one of the most highly rated Independent Labs in the world. She has 30 years of experience in grading diamonds. Grading includes color, clarity and cut, plus overall appearance. Early in her career she worked for two of the biggest and most influential firms in Los Angeles and she learned jewelry from the bottom up. She has 20 years experience with her own firm where she values artistry, quality and craftsmanship.