Gemstone: Natural Pearls (X-Ray tested), Sapphire & Diamond Clasp
Cut: Semi-Baroque to Near Round and Button Pearls, Old Mine Cut Diamonds, Old Round Cut Sapphire
Weight & Colour: Sapphire = 0.20ct
7 Diamonds = 1.04 ct H - I / SI
121 Pearls = Good lustre and skin with some variance in colour
Pearl Size: 2.40 - 6.55 mm round
Measurements: 65cm length
Material: 15ct Yellow Gold & White Gold Clasp
GSL Valuation $12,500.00
A stunning Victorian natural pearl graduating necklace. Each natural pearl has been X-Ray tested to show that they have been naturally formed. The 121 pearls range in shape from semi-baroque to near round and button shape with a good lustre and skin and some variation in colour. The pearls graduate in size from 2.40 - 6.55 mm and are complimented by a stunning Victorian old mine cut diamond and sapphire cluster clasp with a push piece and figure 8 safety catch.
The Victorian Period (1837 - 1901):
The Victorian Period defined by none other than Queen Victoria herself, had three stages - the Romantic, the Grand and the Aesthetic.
It was during the Romantic era that Queen Victoria married her Prince, Albert. Sentimental motifs such as; hearts, lover’s knots, flowers, bows, crescent moons and particularly serpents (which was subject to Queen Victoria’s engagement ring which represented enduring love) became extremely popular in jewellery design. Cameos, Enamelling and the use of bright coloured gemstones such as; garnets, amethysts, turquoise, pearls and diamonds gave way to the creation of jewellery that was beginning to speak a symbolic language of its own.
The Grand era was a sombre period which saw Queen Victoria mourning the death of her beloved husband Albert. It encompassed 20 years during which time Victoria would only wear black and mourning jewellery. As a result the Whitby Jet industry flourished and onyx and deeper coloured garnets rose in popularity. Rings, lockets and brooches were commissioned with compartments for a lock of a loved one’s hair and were often engraved with the person’s name, age and date of death.
The Aesthetic era saw a return to the light-heartedness of the Romantic Era. The discoveries being made through archaeology led to an Etruscan Revival with Greek, Roman and Renaissance influences becoming apparent in jewellery design as well as symbols of good luck and fortune.