Presenting a Victorian graduated Sardegna salmon Coral necklace in a picket and berries pattern with a 14K Gold clasp circa 1840s - 1860s .
This stunning Victoria coral pickets and berries necklace features hand cut natural untreated medium-red (Sardegna coral) (polish only).
This necklace is 21.5” long. The long coral pickets are triangular in shape and graduated in size. These are accented at the top beautifully by the coral beads. This piece was made entirely by hand. The largest coral picket is approximately 22.50 x 7mm x 5.6mm long and the smallest is approximately 9.9 mm x 3.6mm x 2.9mm. The coral beads have an approximate average size of 3.6mm to 3.1 mm. This piece weighs approximately 23 grams.
The coral gemstones in piece are natural. It is a high gem quality medium red to orange in color with little variation and it is often referred to a salmon, an is called (Sardegna coral) by the GIA. There are no detectable treatments, except polish. At 10x magnification there are few imperfections that can be seen by a expert with difficulty.
During the romantic (1837 - 1865) period of the Victorian era Coral was used extensively, remaining in vogue until c. 1865. Coral was often worn in its natural branch form, a custom begun in Italy to ward off the evil eye or protect children from danger. Finely carved coral cameos, hands, flowers, crosses and other motifs were also prized. Coral beads in all shapes and color (dark red and pale pink were preferred) were strung around the neck in great volume. Carved coral parures were characteristic of the period.
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