A rare bird this beautiful Georgian choker necklace is crafted in "Pinchbeck" metal. Pinchbeck is an antique gold substitute invented in 1720 by London chemist and watchmaker Christopher Pinchbeck.
Designed in a bookchain style the necklace features floral carved panels studded with diamond cut raised marquise accents, a decoration that is typical of the Georgian period.
This very short necklace is worn close fitting to the neck and it is designed to fasten at the back with a ribbon. The style is a predecessor to the later Victorian bookchain necklaces that were much longer and were worn with lockets and pendants attached.
Floral, feminine and elegantly proportioned with a golden lustre this Georgian choker necklace is a true antique treasure and highly collectible!
Authentic Pinchbeck jewellery is rarer than you might think, it fell out of favour in 1854 when 9ct gold was authorized in Britain as an alternative to the high carat gold typically used in the Georgian era. As a consequence real gold jewellery became much more affordable to ordinary people, why have imitation gold if you had enough money to buy the real thing?
MATERIALS: Pinchbeck metal
MEASUREMENTS: 14-1/2" (36.5cm) end to end, 5/8" (1.5cm) wide
WEIGHT: 51 grams
ERA: circa 1820, Georgian
CONDITION: in good antique condition with surface wear and signs of age as you might expect in a 200 year old necklace. The Pinchbeck metal is gold washed and relatively free of oxidation. The front of the necklace retains its yellow appearance but the gilding on the back has mostly worn off so the golden colour is faded. The links are free of kinks, dents or dings, please see the photos.
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Materials: Pinchbeck, High Carat Gold Plating.