Trying on a swimsuit? An experience not always relished. Trying on jewelry? Well, an entirely different story. And this is one necklace to be savored and the moment transforming (as it should be with all great jewelry).
In artistry, weight, craftsmanship, design and construction, it is a stand out choice. Simply one of the finest collar necklaces in silver we have represented, and frankly on par or supersedes just about all of the gold ones as well.
Weighing an exceptional 124 grams and feeling rich and substantial, the design form dates it to circa 1880 and it resonates with the favored motifs of the ancients. Celtic type knots, zig zag wire work and what appears to be the image of a Roman head all interweave into a magnificent antique piece.
The linked portion consists of silver X shapes and sculptural elements mixed with subtle lover’s or Celtic type knots of vermeil. Barely visible, the gold over silver imparts a depth and texture to the chain. Even the features of the clasp are a cut above with a pull out pin and double barrel original fitting.
Suspended from the center is a silver plaque composed of geometric shapes — a rectangle, circle and rhomboid intersect with the top bordered by those luscious X forms. Seven (7) cabochon of purplish rhodolite garnets of about 9 carats are set in bezels adding visual interest and color. Wire work dots much of the pendant. A beveled glass circular locket enhances the reverse.
In its original antique box of gold tooled leather, the interior reads “Geo. Farrer Jewellers, 19 High Street, Tunbridge Wells”(England). Now Goldsmiths, established in 1778, they still exist today. Its origins may be Raj Indian work for the British market.