Early 19th Century French Rock Crystal And Pearl Necklace
Jewellery Sector: Fine & High Jewellery
Curated By: Joanna Hardy
Main Material: Crystal
Period: 19th Century
Condition Report: Very good condition
An alluring and historical necklace. This necklace was created in France at the turn of the 19th century, a time of both turbulence and magnificence. Following the French Revolution, which began in 1789, France had a series of different governments before Napoleon Bonaparte was appointed First Consul in 1799. The era of Napoleon ushered in a new era of both fashion and jewellery This wonderful necklace features thirty rock crystals, each foiled in a beautiful strawberry-red and each framed by a halo of natural seed pearls. During this period, the ornate styles of the French court were replaced by simple empire waist gowns with low neck lines, which would have been accessorized by necklaces such as this one for evening events.
Joanna Hardy says: “This is a great necklace; it’s so vibrant because of the coloured foil behind the rock crystal.”
Materials & Features:
Metal: Yellow gold (hallmarked)
Gemstone: Rock Crystal, Pearl
Measurements: Length 42cm
Stone Cut: Oval cut
Condition Report: Very good condition, signs of bruising to rear of collets and historical restoration.
Seller ID: BSAFJ
Item Location: London, United Kingdom
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