For your consideration is an ANTIQUE museum quality STERLING SILVER and turquoise handcrafted collar necklace. This is truly a ONE OF A KIND piece of jewelry. I believe it to be Middle Eastern. It is over 100 years old. It has been in my family for several generations. It is a solid necklace weighing 298 grams! It is sterling silver but it is not stamped as such. It has been tested by a professional certified jeweler to be 100% sterling. There are tiny Persian turquoises on two rows. On the alternate rows there are sterling faceted small pieces that look like a larger version of marcasite. This ENTIRE piece is intricately hand worked. Even the back is beautiful!
I will be honest I am sort of at a loss on how to accurately describe this beauty so hopefully my pictures can convey the uniqueness of this piece. This looks like it was something worn by a woman of great status or wealth since I cannot imagine a servant or maid wearing this.
PLEASE NOTE that I also have a similar styled antique sterling silver & turquoise cuff bracelet that goes perfectly with this necklace currently up for sale.
It is solid but the collar does have some flexibility so it will lay on the neckline comfortably. Attached to the bottom collar section are small hollow balls that make a bell like light sounds when hitting each other. It is an extremely pleasant sound!
It is in excellent condition! There are no missing pieces of turquoise but just a couple of randomly placed pieces that are not in the rows. Not sure if that is some type of signature. All pieces including the chain all tested positive for sterling silver. Approximate measurements are as follows:
Length of collar section (NOT including back chain): 14 inches
Total length of back chain only: 6.5 inches
Width NOT including balls: 1.25 inches
With including balls: 1.75 inches.
As stated above it does weigh a total of 298 grams. You will not find anything like this and it makes a bold statement! My home has always been a non-smoking home. If you have ANY questions or want additional pictures, please email me through Ruby Lane.
Item ID: RL-107
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