French Early Art Deco Platinum Diamond Sapphire Necklace

I met Henri at a little French Café on the rue Saint-Honoré, ‘Henri on Honoré’, the thought made me laugh to myself a little as I walked there in the bright afternoon light of a brisk, sunny Parisian day. I sat upstairs in the window seat, eating a pain au chocolat and drinking a cup of their glorious freshly roasted house blend when Henri arrived. We huddled together with our backs to the room as I ogled the bounty he pulled out of various pockets. I wasn’t laughing anymore when I unwrapped this glamorous, shimmering Edwardian beauty. Nope, I was more bewilderment than bemusement just then. Almost made me spill my coffee this one, but not quite.

This fantastically hand crafted all-platinum necklace features a rich, dark, approximately 3.81 carat sapphire surrounded by 12 gorgeous old European mine cut diamonds. The sapphires slightly included and is a 5PB 2/4 dark blue stone, probably untreated. The cluster of 13 old mine cut diamonds weigh a total of 2.11 carats and are G/I SI1-I1 stones. The necklace tests as platinum as does the chain which appears to be original to the piece. The chain measures 19 inches long with a safety chain for extra security. The overall pendant drop measures 30.2 mm from the top diamond to the bottom one and 15.5 mm across. The necklace weighs 7.2 grams. It is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested. I suspect it to be French in origin as I purchased it in Paris and it was likely made around 1915.

This necklace comes with a full appraisal done by a 3rd party Antique jewelry appraiser and GIA Master Gemologist, the replacement value is $13,580. Full appraisal available upon request.

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