Pendant jewel; gold; oval; set with twenty-five square table diamonds and four rose diamonds; contains miniature portrait of James I as a young man; cover in open-work with diamonds on outside and enamel within; frame of square diamonds connected by slender enamelled band; back is white enamel plate with fine gold lines and ruby enamel; edge enamelled alternately ruby and sapphire blue; inscribed.

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Pendant jewel; gold; oval; set with twenty-five square table diamonds and four rose diamonds; contains miniature portrait of James I as a young man; cover in open-work with diamonds on outside and enamel within; frame of square diamonds connected by slender enamelled band; back is white enamel plate with fine gold lines and ruby enamel; edge enamelled alternately ruby and sapphire blue; inscribed.

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  • Pendant jewel; gold; oval; set with twenty-five square table diamonds and four rose diamonds; contains miniature portrait of James I as a young man; cover in open-work with diamonds on outside and enamel within; frame of square diamonds connected by slender enamelled band; back is white enamel plate with fine gold lines and ruby enamel; edge enamelled alternately ruby and sapphire blue; inscribed.

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  • Pendant jewel; gold; oval; set with twenty-five square table diamonds and four rose diamonds; contains miniature portrait of James I as a young man; cover in open-work with diamonds on outside and enamel within; frame of square diamonds connected by slender enamelled band; back is white enamel plate with fine gold lines and ruby enamel; edge enamelled alternately ruby and sapphire blue; inscribed.

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  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

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  • COMPASS Title: The Lyte Jewel;The Lyte Jewel

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  • Pendant jewel; gold; oval; set with twenty-five square table diamonds and four rose diamonds; contains miniature portrait of James I as a young man; cover in open-work with diamonds on outside and enamel within; frame of square diamonds connected by slender enamelled band; back is white enamel plate with fine gold lines and ruby enamel; edge enamelled alternately ruby and sapphire blue; inscribed.

    Full: Front

  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

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  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

    Full: Front

  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

    Full: Front

  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

    Full: Front

  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

    Full: Front

  • Gold pendant jewel containing a portrait miniature of James I.   Front: At the top of the oval frame is a pendant loop enamelled in opaque light blue on both sides and, and at the bottom of the frame is a smaller pendant loop (originally enamelled on the front but no traces of colour remain). An openwork appearance has been created by piercing both the outer frame and the hinged cover. The frame consists of sixteen table-cut diamonds in rectangular gold collets alternating with sixteen openwork rectangles, each empty except for a small opaque light blue-enamelled stud projecting inwards from the outer rim of the frame, which is enamelled white. The effect of an openwork design is enhanced by the application on the outer surface of the frame of four large wavy ribbon-and-fruit motifs (at the cardinal points) and (in between them) four smaller ribbon-and-fruit motifs; all eight are enamelled in translucent green and opaque light blue with a blob of yellow enamel applied over the blue; likewise the eight tiny projecting floral motifs between the ribbons are enamelled in opaque light blue with blobs of yellow fired on top.  The gold collets of the sixteen diamonds set in the frame rest (on the inner side) on a narrow projecting 'ledge', which is enamelled white between the sixteen diamonds. In the central area the hinged cover has a narrow outer band enamelled in white with a pattern of gold dots and dashes, the gold being left flush with the surface of the white enamel. At the bottom the band is broken by the simple gold double-prong snap catch (engaging with a button on the frame) enamelled in opaque light blue and translucent red. The cover is attached at the top with a hinge of five sections.  The cover is an openwork grille, pierced to form (in the centre) the royal monogram IR (in Latin, IACOBUS REX). The outline of the monogram consists of two parallel narrow bands of white enamel linking the eight table-cut diamonds in their rectangular gold collets of slightly different sizes, which are distributed evenly along the surface of the monogram. Between the eight diamonds the gold is cut away, thereby creating eight openwork areas of irregular shapes, the larger containing small studs projecting inwards with opaque light blue and white enamel. The royal monogram IR is superimposed on an openwork design of trailing floral and foliate motifs, enamelled in white, opaque green, opaque light blue, translucent green, dark blue and red. This asymmetrically arranged naturalistic ornament is set with five diamonds, each in gold collets beautifully fashioned to resemble the petal-like forms of flowers: the two (on either side of the monogram) are elaborately cut diamonds, but the one at the top appears to be hexagonal with fourteen facets, whilst the one at the bottom appears to be hexagonal with each face cut with a low triangular pyramid, thereby creating eighteen facets; the fifth diamond is set within the lower part of the R of the royal monogram and although it is only a square table-cut, the gold collet setting is delicately fashioned to resemble a flower in bud.  Interior: The hinged cover is enamelled on the reverse, mainly in translucent enamel, red and dark royal blue, through which can be seen the tiny circles of the gold rivets fastening the settings of the thirteen diamonds on the front of the cover. Generally the enamel is remarkably well preserved, and the absence of any enamel on the narrow outer band of the cover appears to indicate that none was ever applied and the fine dotted pattern was simply intended to catch and reflect the light.   The portrait: This miniature is painted on vellum backed with card. The bust of King Jam

    Full: Front