Edwardian Sapphire Pearl Diamond Necklace
A most smashing pendant necklace displays its fantastic Edwardian roots of style with platinum, gold, diamonds, sapphires, pearls and enamel. A provocative “V” shape is formed of five white enamel covered rectangular plaques of 18k yellow gold. Centered on each plaque is a round faceted non-heat treated natural sapphire in a gold collet. All corners of the rectangles are embellished with natural saltwater pearls with a drop of three pearls at the inverse apex.
From a chain of platinum links a pearl and sapphire studded “ship’s wheel” of white enamel covered gold is suspended three lengths of pearl set platinum links with attached to the ends of the “V” form and the central one with a six petal old European cut diamond and oval faceted sapphire flowerhead. In all, seven (7) very fine non-heat treated natural sapphires, six (6) old European cut diamonds and twenty-eight (28) natural saltwater pearls (untested but guaranteed to be natural) combine to create truly a one of a kind pendant necklace.
Accompanied by the tooled leather, velvet and silk box of issue from The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd. of 112 Regent Street, London.
Date: Circa 1900.
Historical Notes: Established as Manufacturing Goldsmiths and Silversmiths in 1880 at 112 Regent Street, London by John L. Langman and William Gibson, the firm acquired Mappin Bros. in 1889 and the Goldsmiths Alliance of A.B. Savory & Sons in 1893. The company participated in International exhibitions in the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition of 1876, Paris in 1889 and, 1900, winning the Grand Prix prize, with William Gibson being made a chevalier of the Legion d’honneur. Becoming Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd. In 1898, the company took over Garrard & Co. (established in 1725, the Crown Jewellers, a title bestowed on the company by Queen Victoria in 1843) in 1952.
Measurements: 18-3/8 inches (46.7 cm) in total length. Pendant is 2-3/8 inches (6.0 cm) at the longest by 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm) in width. Weight of 11.3 grams (7.3 dwt).
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