Belle Epoque, the Beautiful Era, that sweet slice of time between the height of European prosperity and the beginning of first World War, when peace and optimism reigned supreme, the Golden Age. Men were debonair and women dressed for dinner every night. Diamonds reigned supreme and platinum was the ‘new’ metal of choice, beautiful and strong even when thin, platinum allowed jewelers to make fabulously light and airy pieces that couldn’t have existed just a few years earlier.
This fantastic necklace most certainly started out life as a convertible jewel which could be worn either as a necklace or as the center piece on a tiara. It has a small screw hole behind the bottom diamond where it would have screwed onto a thin metal head band. Most likely it would also have been worn with real feathers attached at the top. You can certainly imagine how the hanging diamonds would have swayed and trembled as you walked, sending little rainbows all around the room. It has an equally fascinating effect worn on the neck, and it’s eminently more useful!
The chain on this necklace is 14 karat gold and the circa 1916 pendant is fully crafted in platinum. The plaque is centered on an old European, mine cut diamond which weighs approximately 1.64 carats and is further set with 32 old European cut diamonds and 104 rose cut diamonds which add up to a sparkling total of 5.42 carats (for an overall carat total of 7.06 cttw). The stone range in color and clarity, the largest 3 diamonds are I-J color and SI1-2 clarity. If you’d like a breakdown, please request the full appraisal.
This necklace is 2.2 mm thick, 1— mm long and 38 mm top to bottom at the widest point, it weighs 19.6 grams and is 16 inches long.
The pendant was hand crafted in France and is marked with the Mascaron mark which indicates items made of platinum in Paris between 1913 and 1926.
This stunningly luxurious jewel comes with a full appraisal by a GIA Master Gemologist, it has a replacement value of $32,500.00.
Item ID: NE1021174V
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