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Antique Shakudo and tortoiseshell pendant

Here is a very large and impressive antique Shakudo pendant that dates from the 19th Century, and is destined to not only always get the attention that it deserves, but also be a wonderful talking point when everyone admires it around your neck.

Shakudo is such a very unique material that was originally used for making fittings on Japanese swords such as the Katana. When the samurai class grew obsolete, the Shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery, and creating some truly fabulous pieces that have lasted well over 100 years such as this one here.

Made from an alloy of around 4 to 10% of gold and 90 to 96% of copper, the colours that could have been achieved are so beautiful and earthy and accentuate the flora and fauna in this pendant. With a rooster and chicken at the forefront, there is also the wonderful floral design with two birds at the top sitting on a branch. And then to make this pendant even more unique than most other Shakudo pieces, it is set into a large piece of tortoiseshell that is further highlighted with a mother-of-pearl butterfly and floral design at the bottom.

The reverse side has not been forgotten with this pendant by having the most beautiful floral wreath and bow design in sterling silver that shows just how much attention and care went into making this pendant all those years ago.

Measuring a very large and impressive 48.6mm across by 80mm plus the bail for a chain to pass through, this is one antique pendant that is destined to always be admired and complimented on.


Stock# EC365

Circa: 1870



Out of stock


Antique Shakudo and tortoiseshell pendant

Antique Shakudo and tortoiseshell pendant made in the 19th Century.


What is Shakudo?

Shakudo is an alloy of gold and copper, having around 4 to 10% gold and 90 to 96% copper, and was originally designed for swords such as the katana (long sword) fittings and other pieces such as the kozuka (the grip of a small knife) Japanese swords, and after the end of the samurai class grew obsolete, the shakudo masters turned their attention to jewellery.

Where can I buy antique jewellery in Australia?

At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. Kalmar Antiques has one of the largest range of genuine antique jewellery and watches in Australia. For over thirty five years, we have been Australia's best antique jewellery store.

Where can I have my antique jewellery repaired in Sydney?

At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building, we have been repairing antique jewellery for over thirty five years. As well as jewellery, we have two watchmakers on site and are an authorised OMEGA watch service centre.

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