Rare Early Victorian 18KT Necklace with Nature Motifs and Gold Tassle
An exquisite 18 karat gold early Victorian necklace with a beautiful natural design and a mixture of green gold with yellow gold work. The necklace is made of 18 karat gold, and feels extraordinary when worn. It is made of a heavy yellow gold chain that ends in swirled gold wire rope with dangling tassels, and gold beads. The necklace is really wonderful as it has an ornate pendant clasp that is adjustable so that the necklace can be worn at different lengths and in a variety of ways. The central pendant clasp is a gorgeous green and yellow gold piece adorned with a leaf design, framed with angular lines against more natural, soft, and feminine curves. The piece is outlined with a black enamel line which is intact and reminiscent of the mourning jewelry of the era. The necklace has some beautiful details such as the bud like dangling gold balls at either end of the central clasp, the curling golden petals on the center flower and all the gold chasing. This flower perhaps once had a small seed peal in it, because it has a space to hold a bead at the center. This missing piece does not detract from the beauty and amazing gold work that makes this necklace quite a exquisite piece of jewelry. The necklace measures 26 inches around, and weighs 53 grams. It has a patent mark on the interior and back of the pendant clasp: PAT. APRIL 5, 1870. The 1870s were known as the Grand Period in Victorian era jewelry and you can see the features of this necklace make it quite elegant.
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