Circa 1740, an exquisite Georgian era rare baroque pearl necklace with an incorporated enhancer pendant that is set with old mine cut diamonds and dog tooth pearls.
The necklace strand features 45 baroque pearls with the silver pendant set with 6 graduated 'dog tooth' pearls that are fanned out forming a flower head shape. 6 old mine cut diamonds are flush set into silver pendant with dog tooth pearls pegged into cone shaped mounts. A single gold bead accents the top of the pendant. All the pearls are exquisite, completely natural and a lustrous creamy shade of ivory.
The necklace has been restrung with replacement silk at some point during its long life but both the enhancer pendant and pearl strand look original to each other, the pearls are beautifully matched. The silk cord is hand knotted in between each pearl and it is reinforced with silver French wire at the clasp. The necklace fastens with a small silver spring ring.
A rare surviving jewel from the early 18th century, steeped in history, this necklace ticks all the boxes for the serious collector of rare antique jewellery.
MATERIALS: sterling silver, gold
GEMSTONES: 6 old mine/table cut diamonds, 51 natural Mississippi river pearls, baroque pearls approx. 10x4mm, dog tooth graduating from 12x5mm to 9x5mm
DATE: Georgian, circa 1840
MEASUREMENTS: Pendant enhancer, 1-3/8 inches (approx. 35x35mm). Necklace length 18-1/2 inches (47cm) with the pearls measuring 10x4mm.
WEIGHT: 18 grams
HALLMARKS: clasp stamped 'sterling'
CONDITION: Given age we consider the necklace to be in beautiful antique condition, please see photos. There is a tiny area of loss to the very top of one of the dog tooth pearls where it is set into the mount but it is stable and doesn't move. The silk cord shows no sign of damage or deterioration.
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