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Antique Necklace With Peridot & Pearls in Gold, Great Britain circa 1905


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Antique Necklace With Peridot & Pearls in Gold, Great Britain circa 1905
Antique Necklace With Peridot & Pearls in Gold, Great Britain circa 1905
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At the turn of the century, peridot was a real fashionable stone in the British Isles. Not only its fresh, spring-green colour, but also its relative novelty and the exoticism associated with this gemstone sparked people's imagination. Peridot was once said to have been Cleopatra's favorite stone, and it was only in more recent years that the British rediscovered this stone for themselves: "Fine peridots originated in Egypt, but until recently the largest and finest peridots to be found in the trade were obtained from old ecclesiastical and other jewellery. Now at least one of the best original sources has been rediscovered on the island of St. John in the Red Sea. And more recently the islands of Rahamah and Kad-Ali seem to be proving to be the best localities for peridot," wrote Arthur Herbert Church in 1913. A particularly beautiful example of these bright green stones, probably from the above-mentioned sources, can be found in this early 20th century necklace. It is designed in a typically British style. The floral, curved center element is set entirely with split seed pearls. Together with the gold and green gemstones, they form a harmonious triad. A red gold chain with a barrel clasp, typical of the period, is attached to the side. The pendant and chain are made from the typical British alloy of fifteen-carat gold. This alloy is found in many Victorian and Edwardian pieces of jewellery, but was only used until 1932, after which it was abandoned in favor of the more common international fineness of 14 carat. This also allows the piece to be dated. The necklace is in very good condition and came to us from London. Quote according to Arthur Herbert Church: Precious Stones: Considered in their scientific and artistic relations. A guide to the Townshend collection. Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1913, p. 109.
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Antique Necklace With Peridot & Pearls in Gold, Great Britain circa 1905
Elegance and Exoticism
€ 1,690.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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