Lighthearted & Lovely: Antique Topaz Necklace
Topaz was one of those gems so favored by the Georgians. The tones naturally lent themselves to the aesthetics of the period of which the jewelers of the times exploited to full advantage. The glow of gemstones such as topaz allowed for the lightheartedness which was enveloping jewelry styles.
Delicate 14k yellow gold chain link attach a three element pendant. The piece is constructed of an oval faceted natural topaz of an estimated 4.05 carats in a bezel of 10k yellow gold, a yellow gold flower form centered with a 3.3 mm cultured pearl and a pear shaped natural topaz of an estimated 6.75 carats. The topaz is illuminated with a peachy hue which brings out the fine brilliant highlights of the gems.
Date: Topaz is circa 1820; chain is modern.
Measurements: Pendant is 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in length by 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) at the widest. Chain is 17 inches (43.2 cm) in total length. Weight of 5.2 grams (3.4 dwt) for pendant and chain.
Hallmarks: 14k on chain clasp.
Condition: Very good; flower element has been added at some point; modern chain.
Note: Gemstones were not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. Weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weight. All metals are acid tested.
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