Antique Arts & Crafts Turquoise Silver Necklace by the Birmingham School

In 1890, the Birmingham Jewellery and Silversmiths’ Association opened a school specifically for jewelry making on Vittoria Street in Birmingham. More than 125 years later, the Birmingham School of Jewellery is still there, educating students in the worlds of silversmithing, horology, gemology, and more. The school is found at the heart of the city’s Jewellery Quarter, now an urban center with a creative atmosphere. The jewelry trade was once considered the most lucrative career in Birmingham. Apprentices were required to attend the Birmingham School of Art, in which, the branch of Jewellery and Silversmithing was found. The Jewellery Quarter once produced 40% of the UK’s jewelry. It is where many technological advancements in the world of jewelry making were born.

This antique Arts & Crafts silver turquoise drop necklace was handcrafted in England by the Birmingham School around the year 1910. The largest turquoise is a robin egg blue shade with metallic matrices throughout. It’s oval en cabochon cut and oh so lovely. The center turquoise is round en cabochon and the bottom turquoise is oval en cabochon. This necklace was made in silver on a 17.75-inch chain. The drop measures 65 x 25 mm. This piece weighs 9.1 grams. It has been acid tested.

This unapologetically chic necklace is hard for me to give up. It goes so well with a white t-shirt and jeans, and that sundress I wear all the time, and that low cut black dress…

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Item ID: NEA22701VA

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