Antique Austro-Hungarian Pearl Amethyst Necklace Silver c. 1870

Now here is a necklace fit for Royalty. It’s not demure, it’s not dainty, it’s bold and proud, and shows that you are not a damsel in distress, not a woman to be trifled with. I’m sure that this has always been a necklace owned by an important woman, and it’s ready for another one to come along.

This Austro-Hungarian masterwork is set with Amethysts and pearls and festooned with more pearls still. It wraps fully around the neck, never wavering in it’s beauty, making you just as interesting from behind. The necklace is hand crafted in silver which has been gilded at some point, giving it a slight golden hue. It is set with 88 amethysts, with the 11 largest stones measuring 5 mm across and it is encrusted in pearls and further detailed with black and white enameled petals on the 3 largest plaques. This piece was made in about 1870, and it is 15.75 inches long around the neck with a 3 inch drop at the front; it weighs 67.9 grams. It is marked with French import marks, the swan and the dogs head, showing that at some point it was imported into France and assayed for resale. The swan mark verifies that it is at least 800 silver.

This is the kind of jewelry that qualifies as a work of art, the kind of necklace that you buy a bust for and keep on your dresser so that you can enjoy looking at it even when it’s not draped around your gorgeous neck.

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Item ID: NEA23314VA

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