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2.62 Carat Opal and Yellow Gold Necklace by Murrle Bennet & Co, Circa 1900

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A fine and impressive antique Art Nouveau 2.62 carat opal and 15 karat yellow gold necklace made by Murrle Bennet & Co; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections This fine and impressive antique necklace has been crafted in 15k yellow gold. The feature pierced decorated, Art Nouveau style drop is ornamented with a bezel set cabochon cut opal to the centre, flanked with horizontal pale ornamentation and plain ball designs to the upper portion. An independently bezel set opal terminal suspends from the lower border of the design. The frame to the upper portion of the necklace is comprised of five articulated segments, each articulated via integrated ring loops. The central segment is ornamented with further pierced decoration, reflecting the Art Nouveau manner, flanked with two panels featuring further oval cabochon cut opals, bezel set. The feature setting suspends via a yellow gold fancy chain, composed of alternating bar and four trace links. The necklace is hallmarked with the maker's mark for Murrle Bennett & Co (MBCo)* and mark for 15k gold (15ct) This impressive antique Art Nouveau necklace is supplied with an independent gemstone grading report card. * The jewelry manufacturers Ernst Mürrle and J.B Bennett operated as Siegele & Bennett from 1884 advertising themselves as 'manufacturers and importers of British and Foreign jewellery'; importing pieces from Pforsheim as this was Murrle's origin. In 1896 they administered Murrle Bennet & Co until 1914 when the firm was purchased and continued trade in London under the name White Redgrove & Whyte. Murrle Bennett is widely known for their production of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts style jewellery; they bear connections with renowned craftsmen such as Liberty & Co, Archibald Knox and Theodore Fahrner. Condition This impressive antique gemstone necklace is fine quality set with opals displaying a fine play of color and presence. The necklace is a very good gauge of gold and is in excellent condition, with very clear hallmarks to the reverse of the drop setting. Opal Quality Cut Cabochon Content 2.62 carats Dimensions Length of drop 3.95cm/1.56" Width of drop 2.05cm/0.81" Width of supporting setting 6.05cm/2.38" Chain length 40.64cm/16" Wearing length 45.72cm/18" Weight 11.26 grams Maker: Murrle Bennett & Co. Date: Circa 1900 Video: A video of this fine piece is available upon request. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this fine Murrle Bennett necklace with opals. Item Ref. SKU: C4124

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