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Wonderful natural pearl sautoir with diamonds & rubies, around 1905
Two chain shapes dominated European fashion in the years around 1900 until the outbreak of the First World War. On the one hand, the "Collier de Chien" or "Choker", i.e. a wide chain that fits very tightly around the neck and which, in the case of a large décolleté, elongates the lady's proportions even further. And on the other side, the "sautoir", a particularly long, free-moving chain that emphasizes the grace and elegance of its wearer. All forms between these extremes were considered less than chic. The woman of the world, whether in Paris, London or Vienna, had to own a choker and a sautoir, because both chain forms were usually worn at the same time until fashion changed again in the 1920s. Here is such a typical pearl sautoir of the years shortly after 1900, rich in its decoration and perfect in its preservation. About 10,000 natural pearls, so-called seed pearls, are intertwined in two twisted strands. The resulting necklace, nearly a meter long, ends in elegantly sparkling silver capsules with a rich ruby setting. Two muggle-cut pink tourmalines are attached to it, along with two more beads each, leading to another ruby-studded element that presents short strands of beads as tassels. The necklace is placed loosely around the neck and knotted in front of the chest in an elegant wrap. For the decoration and dating of our sautoir, compare David Bennett/Daniela Mascetti: Understanding Jewellery, Woodbridge 2010, pp. 270f. and plate 451.
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