A beautiful, circa 1900, lavaliere necklace, featuring a trefoil motif gold pendant with an outer band of seed pearls and a small, center, Old European cut diamond, suspended from a gold column containing additional seed pearls, and presented on a 14kt gold, "trace link" chain. A gorgeous, fully hand-fabricated piece of jewelry, displaying superb craftsmanship. Close up, you will see that the tiny seed pearls are not glued to the pendant, but each one is individually drilled and they are mounted on thin gold wire that encircles the pendant and is central to the gold column. The tiny diamond sparkles and shines in its frame of pearls. Magnificent workmanship, and the delightful lavaliere is as wearable and extraordinary today as when it was made.
PROVENANCE: From the estate of Gray Davis Boone, renowned antiques expert, collector, and founder of the influential "Antique Monthly."
Total weight of this special necklace is 3.0 grams. The chain, likely original to the piece, is stamped "B-G" and "14kt". It is very likely from the jewelry firm Beckwith, Grant Company, which was operational in the U.S. until around 1904. The pendant is stamped "8M, 10kt". The center diamond is an Old European cut, estimated K color and I1 clarity, and weighs approximately 0.06ct. (Weights and measured are estimated by formula, as permitted by mounting). The pendant is set with 47 tiny seed pearls, mounted on gold wire. It is about 1-1/2" in length, and 1/2" at the widest point. The chain, which is approximately 17-1/2" long, is secured with a spring ring clasp. This unique and rare necklace is in excellent vintage condition.
The Victorian lavaliere necklace will arrive in a fine quality presentation box.
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