The bronze pendant features Greek goddess Artemis, the virginal hunter goddess, and Actaeon, who she transforms into a stag after he sees her bathing. The pendant is set in an original bronze MC frame that is embellished with two genuine 4 millimeters round rose-cut Peridot gemstones (approx. 0.56 carat.) The bronze casting is prong-set in the frame; its total measurement is 40 mm or 1 1/2" inches wide by 2" or 50 mm long. The pendant drapes securely from a combination of 14 near round pale green freshwater pearls approximately 6 mm near round and 48- carnelian faceted rondelle shaped 8 mm beads.
The necklace is 16.5 inches long with a 2 inches long extension chain. The lobster clasp and hammered link chain is sterling silver and has a rose gold plated finish. The total weight of the necklace is grams.
Diana the Huntress in Roman mythology was the virgin goddess associated with the moon, communicated with animals and protected nature. Sometimes known also as Artemis the Greek goddess who was associated with being the Protectress of Childbirth, played midwife for her Mother, Leto, as her twin brother Apollo was born nine (9) hours later. Zeus was the father of the twins and the couple metamorphosed into quail forms doing their mating to fool Hera.
University of Oxford, Classical Art Research Centre in the Beazley Archive
Reference # T191
Title/Description: Diana seated, Caressing a Hind, an Animal which was Sacred to her
Literary Source: Callimachus, Hymn to Diana