Gemstone: Aquamarines & Natural Pearls
Cut: Round Cut Aquamarines & Round Pearls
Weight & Colour: Aquamarines, medium blue colour are each 5mm and 4mm in diameter
8 Natural Pearls = 2.5mm diameter
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A handmade Edwardian aquamarine and pearl starburst necklace. The necklace features a round cut aquamarine surrounded by eight 2.5 mm natural pearls set in platinum on 15ct yellow gold in a starburst design suspended below another aquamarine attached to the integral platinum chain. The aquamarines are a medium blue colour, measuring 5 mm and 4 mm. Circa 1910.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.