It may come as a surprise, but this antique Victorian Celtic (Scottish) disc was once a brooch (which I altered to a pendant). But it wasn’t just any brooch. It was used as a fastener for a man’s kilt. The sights this disc saw!
This rich banded carnelian disc was set in a finely worked gold on silver rope design. And even around the hole of the disc, the vermeil was charmingly etched. Typical of the Victorians. Nothing was ever too much for their craftsmen. The disc is 2 inches across and with the setting 6.5 mm. deep. It hangs on two twisted 3mm. carnelian beads.
The necklace itself consists of faceted smoky aquamarine nuggets, varying in size, from the largest stone at 1 ½” long, ¾ “ wide and 14.5 mm. deep. It is called smoky aquamarine because it has a smokiness in it’s look, rather than the blue aquamarine, and while it is dazzling and rather luscious, it is subtle.
Antique carved carnelian melon beads at 12.5 mm., from Afghanistan, contrast with the aquamarine and coordinate the carnelian disc.
Interspersed through the necklace are brushed gold on silver wave discs (12 mm) and two deeper discs (14mm. by 8 mm. deep), made in India. The necklace finishes off with two small, (8.8 mm.) gold on silver vintage beads from Afghanistan, using the traditional technique of working metals on hardened resin.
The clasp is also vermeil. I prefer toggle clasps because they are easy to use and very secure.
The necklace is 18 inches long with a 2 inch pendant drop.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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