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Natural River Pearl Necklace is Art Nouveau Jewel

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The easiest way to describe the Art Nouveau movement is to close your mouth and point at this necklace. The natural, humble materials; the sensuous and organic lines; the hand-crafted workmanship: it's all right here in this entrancing 16" silver necklace. It is composed of natural, uncultured baroque-shaped river pearls that have been halved and securely set within hand-fabricated oval silver frames and united by links of clover-shaped silver. There are two half-pearls set upon each oval frame. These sections measure approximately 17 mm x 12 mm. The upper portion of the necklace, worn against the nape, is composed of single half-pearls, each mounted to its own bar-and-plate mounting. The settings are ingenious and also beautiful, not to mention secure; no pearls are loose. The pearls are a fine lustrous white and because they are all nacre, their orient —the magical play of light that slides across a fine pearl and seems to come from within— is lovely and you will see different colors depending upon the lighting. Their finish is so fine, they look to be made of satin-finished platinum. The artfulness, the grace, the honest elegance of this necklace is just exquisite. This isn't cheap silver and some chopped-in-half pearls. It's a jewel worthy of any duchess. I have loved this necklace for as long as I have owned it which has been a long time. It was purchased in England and bears no hallmarks. The simple spring clasp may be a replacement but if it is, it's from the same era. And it does function properly. I'm so excited that people are discovering the beauty of natural pearls. There has been a surge in popularity for pearls in general but especially in uncultured pearls. I think it's because we appreciate now, more than ever, that which is truly rare, natural and irreplaceable. Jewelry from the Art nouveau period (1890-1910) is rare and important.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    W 0.52 in. x D 0.68 in.W 13 mm x D 17.21 mm
  • Length
    0.68 in. (17.21 mm)
  • Weight
    18.79 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918456692
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About the Seller

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Located in Southbury, CT
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