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Edwardian Natural Pearl and Opal Necklace

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This Edwardian-era necklace of 18K yellow gold features alternating stations of opal beads and natural freshwater pearls. The natural pearls are freshwater river pearls and have retained their beautiful luster and colorful orient despite being over a century old. The 12 pearls measure in the 5 - 7 mm range and are a variety of natural baroque shapes. The 11 natural Australian crystal opal beads measure approximately 5mm and despite the fact that each bead shows loss under magnification —especially near the drill-holes— they are magnificently colorful. None of the opal beads are cracked but they do have tiny chips which are difficult to see even with magnification and these imperfections are unnoticeable when the necklace is on. Natural river pearls are exceedingly rare and this brief 16" necklace is a beautiful showcase for them. Light, delicate, sophisticated and precious, this necklace is one you can wear and never take off. It bears a European metal fineness mark for 18K gold but no maker's mark. I believe the clasp is a later replacement. This necklace is most likely English. I collect natural river pearl jewelry —I love pearls of all kinds— and this is a very pleasing piece.

Details

  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1910
  • Period
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    The pearls are in beautiful condition. The opals show minor losses under magnification near the drill-holes. This is unnoticeable when wearing and the chips require magnification to view.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    D 16 in.D 406.4 mm
  • Length
    16 in. (406.4 mm)
  • Weight
    5.45 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918784701
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About the Seller

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