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Garland style pendant with amethyst & natural pearls, circa 1820/1910

The delicate elegance of the "Garland Style" is still the epitome of Belle Époque jewel art. Borrowings from Louis XVI forms and fine motifs from classical antiquity enlivened a neoclassicism that valued small, delicate laurel vines as much as meticulous festoons and ornamentation with tiny millegrains. The pendant here shows up as a wreath of fine natural pearls and rose-cut diamonds. The platinum diamond settings, typical of the period, are shaped as leaves and set between the pearls. It is an elegant, warm white in which both the silver and the pearls glow. Suspended from the composition is a foil-set amethyst that predates by nearly 100 years the fine laurel wreath of circa 1910. The purple gemstone displays an unusually rich inclusion pattern, yet its pastel color blends beautifully with the shimmering white setting. The result is a color combination that was a big fashion in the early years of the 20th century, especially in Great Britain. We discovered the piece of jewelry in London and were very taken with its delicate colors and fine workmanship. When exactly the amethyst was placed in the frame, we do not know. However, since the shape and color match so beautifully, we assume that the pendant was already created in this exact form. A modern anchor chain made of gold makes the piece wearable right away.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.