Simply elegant, this necklace showcases a 15ct gold Etruscan style medallion with a carved coral rose at center.
This coral rose pendant is paired with a double strand of coral paste beads in the 3.6-3.8mm range and fitted with a 14K gold filigree clasp. The pendant measures 21.2x17mm (just under 7/8" by 11/16") and its coral rose measures approximately 8.4mm in diameter by just over 4mm tall. The rose appears to be peg set and also secured with six wide prongs. The longest bead strand measures 16" and the shorter measures 15-1/2" closed. This is a beautiful length as it showcases the feminine neckline so perfectly.
The medallion is not hallmarked but has tested at 15ct, and likely of British origin. The clasp is hallmarked "14K" and the necklace weighs 15.5 grams. The pendant conversion was very well done with the addition of two jump rings at each side of the medallion. When examined from the back. there is evidence remaining of a previous life. This necklace has been recently restrung "neat" (without knots) as it would have been originally.
The coral rose is genuine Mediterranean red coral, with actual hue referred to as "Sardinian Red" which is a warm red, not oxblood red. The paste beads are perfectly matched in color and beautifully matched along the two strands.
We estimate age of this necklace to be 1880-1900, a time when paste beads and gemstones were becoming popular and often mixed and matched with genuine gems. The 15ct gold was used in Great Britain along with 12ct gold until the early 1930's, in favor of 14ct. The coral paste beads are not identifiable as coral paste with the naked eye and the two strands offer a beautiful lie on the neck. The clasp is a replacement of the last 30-40 years, with the original clasp likely a simple one.
The necklace is in excellent condition with no damage, chips or cracks to the carved coral rose. The stringing is in great shape and the clasp in excellent operating condition. The 15ct medallion exhibits no damage or loss of granulation.
We acquired this necklace with the intention of pairing the pendant with genuine coral beads. However, as often occurs here, we fell in love with it just like it is. We loved the look on the neck and it was comfortable to wear, too. We think you will agree.
It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage.
Antique 15ct Gold Carved Coral Rose Pendant w/ Coral Paste Beads
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