Oh how I love these antique pearl necklaces! You might have noticed I've listed a couple with seed pearls in past months but this one is different: instead of seed pearls, this one has "split" pearls.
I actually had to research split pearls before listing this as I wasn't familiar with them. Unlike those tiny seed pearls which we're used to seeing in Edwardian jewelry, these are actually small natural pearls that have been split in two, then glued or prong-set in place. The final look is similar to seed pearls.
This antique pendant of scroll and foliate motifs is set with these small split pearls and two peridots which together weigh 4.15cts. The pendant itself, and the rather rigid figure 8 pearl-set sections that flank it are all of 14k. This 5" centerpiece is then joined at either end to a 10k rope twist chain which is 16" long, giving an overall length of 20 - 21" to the necklace. I suspect 10k has been used in the chain for the added strength needed to support the centerpiece. All up, the necklace weighs 14 grams, while the center pendant measures 2 12" long by 1" wide.
If you can appreciate the incredible beauty of the design of this necklace, and allow for its age, you will look past what I believe might be some replaced split pearls over the years, and the loss of nacre to a couple of them. They are so small you don't notice this unless you look through a loupe or study them under magnification of a macro lens such as has been used in our photos.
The peridot gemstones themselves are in wonderful condition with no chips. The pear-shaped dangling prong-set peridot is 1/2" by 5/8". The peridot at the center of the pendant has a diameter of approximately 3/8". Both stones have lovely colour and clarity.
Between the gold and the lustre of the pearls, this necklace still sparkles with glorious antiquity. One for the collectors of period pieces.
Item ID: DupPeridSPNecklace
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