This is indeed an enchanting necklace with its antique, Edwardian (circa 1907) pendant, designed in the true “belle epoch” style of the period. It is of marked, European, 800 silver and has been enlivened by sparkling marcasite. But the piece de resistance is the heart-shaped, aquamarine, set in the centre “en tremblant”. It measures 1 ¼” (3cm) across and 1” high (2.5cm).
The pendant hangs on a necklace of exquisite, translucent, aquamarine, in a good, aqua blue colour. The cylinders vary in size and are graduated, starting with 11mm x 12mmm down to 7mm, with discs of aqua in between.
Antique 18K gold beads from Afghanistan have been interspersed throughout the necklace. The two gold beads at the front are octagonal and 12mm, while the other gold beads are 7mm and have been etched with a dimple design. All are a lovely, yellow 18K gold colour.
The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp. I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace measures 18 inches long (46cm) with a 1 inch (2.5cm) pendant drop.
Enchanting Aquamarine & Gold Necklace with Antique Aquamarine Pendant of Marcasite
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