This gorgeous necklace is made out of a 19th century fusee’ watch balance, a 3cm AA quality round cut Mozambique garnet with one stainless steel gear and two antique watch hands, one round brilliant cut diamond, .025 carat, clarity SI1 on an 18-inch gold chain necklace.
The fusee watches are amazing works of art, some of the last key-wound pocket watches that were made around the turn of the 20th century. This particular watch balance was shipped to me from England, where this style of watch is easiest to find anymore (but frightfully expensive). Many of the fusee watches are very simple, with clean lines, and the only luxurious little flourish to be found is this balance, on the back of the watch, hidden in the case. Every fusee watch balance I’ve seen in this style sports a little old man’s face (or a cherub, or a gremlin, depending on who is looking at it), with a small amount of drilled holes for screws used to mount the balance to the rest of the watch.
This piece has been sold, but I have several more of these to use. The rest of my work you can find on my Tumblr and my Etsy shop at http://northwykecreations.etsy.com