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Exquisite 1850s Diamond (5.28ct) and Pearl Gold Necklace

Indulge in the opulence of the Grand Victorian Period with this exquisite Antique 19th Century necklace.

Crafted during the mid-1800s, it features a resplendent 3.60-carat old brilliant cut diamond and nine oval/pear-shaped diamonds totaling 1.68 carats. The piece also boasts rose cut diamonds and senailles, adding a touch of nostalgia. In its heart lies a 5.80-carat natural pearl with a subtle "pique," accompanied by eight more natural pearls. Crafted from 18K yellow gold, it showcases exceptional enameling skill on vertical surfaces.

This necklace is a timeless testament to 19th-century craftsmanship and elegance, destined to be a captivating conversation piece while indicating the sophisticated taste of the wearer.

Antique jewelry object group: necklace

Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: unknown

Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Style specifics: The Grand Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.

This second Victorian period is famous for its ostentatious pieces set with pearls and diamonds (from South Africa). From ca. 1850 wealthy English had reported about jewelry from India and Japan, which heavily inspired the jewelers of this period. This period also corresponds with the death of Queen Victoria's husband King Albert making mourning jewelry (set with heavy dark stones) the type of jewelry specific for this period.

Period: ca. 1850
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Material: 18K yellow gold (touchstone tested)
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Technique: Enamelling is an old and widely-adopted technology. The ancient Egyptians applied enamels to pottery and stone objects. The ancient Greeks, Celts, Russians, and Chinese also used enameling processes on metal objects. Enamel is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, glass or ceramic. According to some sources, the word enamel comes from the High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail. Used as a noun, "an enamel" is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating, such as a champlevé or a cloisonné (different techniques).

Extra information: Enameling already requires special skills from a goldsmith, and normally enameling is on flat horizontal surfaces, but here the enamelling has been done in an vertical, a technique that requires even more skills from the enameller.

Diamond(s): One old brilliant cut diamond with an estimated weight of 3.60ct. (colour and clarity: H/J, vvs/vs).
Nine oval and pear shaped old mine brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of 1.68ct. (colour and clarity: J/K, si/i).
Five rose cut diamonds and senailles . A senaille is a simplified rose cut diamond, a small diamond chip with perhaps a few polished facets. We do not have the weight of the rose cuts diamonds nor the senailles which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cut diamonds and senailles.

Total diamond count: 15 pcs.

Total diamond weight: (without rose cuts) approx. 5.28 crt.

- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

- All diamonds we offer are screened by the IJGC - lab ( ) for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.

Precious stones: One natural pearl with an estimated weight of 5.80ct. (one "pique" in the center of the back)
Eight natural pearls
- All color stone weights are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and pearl for June.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: length necklace 40,00 cm (15,75 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches

Weight: 11,10 gram (7,14 dwt)

Adin Reference Nº: 21007-0051

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