One of the most elegant and refined eras in the history of jewelry is that short period from around 1790 to 1810.
Since precious metals and gemstones were scarce due to the Napoleonic wars, jewelers made the most of what they had.
Gold was fashioned wafer thin to appear larger than its actual weight or amount. This graceful festoon necklace relies on 9k yellow gold and two colors of enamel for its presentation.
Enamel was often featured, again due to the dearth of all things that could be put toward war efforts. During this period polychrome enamels served as the decorative elements. Cobalt blue enamel over guilloche gold, a favorite, along with opaque ivory white stands out against the flattened fancy links.
Geometry and classicism was another hallmark of the era and this necklace utilizes the circle, rectangle and oval. Of the period, but added, lengths of curving links with cruciform cutsouts finishes the necklace. Price for this addition.