Rare Russian Rhodochrosite, Gold and Diamond Egg Pendant by Köchli, circa 1900
Made by the leading imperial Russian court jeweler, Friedrich Kochli (1837-1906) during the period of Tsar Nicholas II, the deep pink rhodochrosite egg enhanced with overlapping gold bands each terminating in a bead set rose-cut diamond, with gold suspension ring.
By Kochli, St. Petersburg, circa 1900, the ring stamped with maker’s initials F K and 56, the Russian gold standard for 14k with the assaymaster’s mark
1 in. (2.5 cm) long including suspension ring; egg alone measures 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) long; 3/8 in. (1 cm) wide. Chain not included.
Found in Russia and elsewhere, rhodochrosite is a semi-translucent rose pink to cherry red ornamental hardstone that was historically carved into vases, bowls, figures, objets de vertu, and more rarely as seen here into egg pendants