Circa: Edwardian Belle Époque
Gemstones: Natural Pearl, Cultured Pearl and Diamonds
Cut: Old Cut and Rose Cut
Weight & Colour: Natural Pearl: Creamy White Colour, High Lustre, 5.81 x 6.21 x 7.40 mm
Cutlured Pearl: Creamy White Colour, High Lustre, 3.60 mm
Central Diamond = 0.25ct, I - J / P1
3 Suspended Diamonds = 0.12ct, H - J / SI - P1
44 Diamonds = 0.40ct, H - I / SI
Ian Abeshouse Valuation $10,500.00
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An extremely fine and delicate Edwardian Belle Époque necklace.
This necklace would have been the awe of every woman. With only the extremely wealthy being able to afford such jewellery, it would have been worn at social events and gatherings. The pendant features a central 0.25ct old cut diamond surrounded by 44 rose cut diamonds and a cultured pearl. Three old cut diamonds are milgrain set in an articulated drop with a natural pearl drop. The diamonds are all milgrain set in platinum (a popular decorative techniques used at the time) to add to the softness of the design.
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.