Victorian Diamond & Pearl Pendant & Chain
Delicate and full of a play of feminine movement, such is this mid Victorian 18k yellow gold necklace with removable pendant. The pendant is supported with curb chain which can be switched out to vary the length of the necklace. Lovely sweeping scroll designs and modified tear drops of high carat gold are meshed with four (4) old mine cut diamonds of approximately .45 carats, four (4) rose cuts of about .04 carats, black enamel and a natural luminescent fresh water pearl. All engage to create a most feminine jewel.
Measurements: 15-5/8 inches (40.0 cm) in length. Pendant has a drop of 2-1/2 inches (6.4 cm) from tip to bottom and is 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm) at the widest. This antique necklace has a weight of 13.8 grams (8.9 dwt).
Condition: Very good to excellent; two tiny sections of black enamel missing in central area next to outer rim visible upon very close inspection or with magnification.
Date & Origin: Circa 1870 - 1880 and is most likely American in origin.
Note: All diamond weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Historical Note: Popular at this time were necklaces supporting anywhere from one to five and even more pendants which sometimes differed in size or design. The use of curb chain was characteristic of the period and was often incorporated into pieces sporting Renaissance revival influence.