Edwardian Diamond Emerald Necklace
To quote our founder and President: “There is jewelry and there is JEWELRY.” A stellar and classic example of the finest craftsmanship, design and sensibilities of a single era are all wrapped up in one. Pure Edwardian (1890 to 1915), its inherent properties allowed for exceedingly fine yet strong metal work. Never before did designers have the ability to use virtual thin hair-like filaments in the creation of a structure to support diamonds and other gemstones.
The majority of the important jewelry of this era employed a neutral or white on white color scheme which incorporated platinum, diamonds and pearls. However, as time flowed, “bits” of color were gradually introduced until with the full flowering of Art Deco and its reliance on color materializing.
Here we see that emergence of a “bit” of color in a necklace featuring platinum, diamonds and emeralds. This is a masterpiece, beginning with a ten (10) diamond set platinum chain comprised of links enclosing an "S" form within to an eight part pendant with even the smallest section articulated and flowing with any subtle movement.
The eye catching centerpiece is in the form of double fan of lace-like platinum appointed with open work modified trefoil and cinquefoil elements with superlative and precise mille graining (the platinum bead work at the edges near the gemstones and around the open work). An attenuated pendulum shaped pendant with its structure of platinum echoes the feats of the enigmatic spider spinning thin webs glistening in the sunlight.
In all, the entire necklace is of fantastic platinum with a total of fifty-two (52) old European cut diamonds with an estimated total diamond weight of 1.70 carats (H-J color range; VS2 clarity) with the bottom drop of .30 carats being the largest. In addition, sixteen (16) single cut diamonds dot the entire surface. Lastly, the smashing vibrant green dashes of the color of eighteen (18) square cut emeralds with an total weight of .40 carats punctuating the breathtaking pendant.
Let's be honest, if you want bling with diamond and gemstone weight as your concern, this jewel is not for you. However, if you long for the meticulously crafted, the height of elegance and sophistication, and obtaining the epitome of an example one of the most sought after periods in the history of jewelry, this IS for you.
Date: Circa 1910.
Measurements: 2-5/8 inches (6.7 cm) in length by 9/16 of an inch (1.3 cm) in width. Chain is 15 inches (38.1 cm) in length. Weight of 8.4 grams (5.4 dwt).
Hallmarks: 950 on the clasp.
Condition: Excellent; two minute chips to two emeralds visible only with powerful magnification; clasp possibly replaced.
Note: All gemstone weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. Grading may also vary. All gemstones and diamonds are tested in our gemological laboratory. All metals are acid tested.
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