A wonderful and unique piece of jewelry history, and totally wearable and exciting! From the Providence, R.I. -based firm of Foster & Bailey, circa 1900, comes this amazing and fine example of Art Nouveau jewelry. The necklace features an ornate, hand-crafted pendant, in a classic, Art Nouveau scrollwork design, set with an iridescent, abalone shell blister pearl, which is a natural pearl that grows on the inside of the shell. Suspended from the main pendant is an oval, cabochon moonstone, one of the most iconic of Art Nouveau gems. The sterling silver chain is bisected by two smaller abalone blister pearls, from which are suspended two more sections of chain in a "swag" or "festoon" style. In sum, this fabulous Foster & Bailey necklace, glowing with iridescent purples, blues, and greens, and evoking so strongly its Art Nouveau origin, is a unique and desirable piece of jewelry history. Today, for that special occasion, it will be a showstopper.
Total weight of the necklace is 13.0 grams. The length is approximately 16". The main pendant measures 2-1/2" x 1-1/8". At its widest point, it is about 3/8" thick. The mounting is sterling silver throughout, and the original patina has been completely preserved. Condition-wise, it is in excellent vintage condition. There is a tiny bend in the silver at the bottom left corner of the center pendant, but it is minor indeed, and more or less unnoticeable unless you are focusing on it.
This magnificent Art Nouveau necklace will arrive in a fine presentation box.
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