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Victorian 3.32 Carat Diamond and 14 Karat Gold Silver Necklace, circa 1880

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The splendid diamond necklace at hand was fashioned in the late 19th century. Its creator's goal was to let the diamonds appear as bright and glistening as possible, using the latest techniques of his time. White gold had not yet been invented, and platinum was barely used due to its hardness – thus, silver was the preferred material to set diamonds until around the turn of the century, as it would not tint the diamond's brightness. Silver covers the entire front of the necklace, as a thin layer on solid gold. The warm hue of the gold is only visible on the sides and back of the necklace, allowing it to be worn without leaving traces of oxidation on the skin or clothing, as silver might. Another innovation can be seen in the open settings of the diamonds: throughout the 19th century, diamonds had mostly been set in closed-back settings. It was only in the later 19th century that goldsmiths began to set them more delicately in open settings, allowing more light to catch the facets of the stones. Thus equipped, the diamonds show a beautiful brilliancy, made possible by the use of silver and open settings. Though delicate, the necklace is quite sturdy and has survived more than a century in very good condition. It will be delivered with our own certificate. MATERIALS 118 diamonds, old European and 8/8 cuts, approx. 3.32 ct altogether (the largest diamond thereof approx. 0.13 ct), Wesselton/H – Top Cape/K-L, vsi–pi 31 diamonds, rose cut, max. diameter approx. 1.0 mm / 0.039 inches Gold 585/000, resp. 14k Front of silver MEASUREMENTS Length of necklace 43.0 cm / 16.93 inches Central part with ornaments approx. 14.0 x 2.8 cm / 5.51 x 1.1 inches

Details

  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition with slight patina, the security chain renewed, one of the outer ornaments very slightly bent forwards. The necklace will be delivered with an antique box (pictured). The box is not original to the necklace.
  • Dimensions
    D 16.93 in.D 430 mm
  • Length
    16.93 in. (430 mm)
  • Weight
    34.3 g
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Seller Reference Number
    18-2263
  • Reference Number
    LU156428463842
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