This very rare necklace of lustrous, white natural pearls is Georgian, circa 1810. These necklaces popular during the Georgian era required a patient, skilled jeweler who would make a design, and cut out a mother of pearl template. Then the pearls would be patiently, laboriously strung by hand and attached to the template.
Often a pendant is found or a simple row of pearls, but finding a complete necklace with this elegant, unique design is wonderful.
This necklace requires a slender neck as it is a choker and measures shy of 15 inches in length. The central element is 3 inches long X 1 3/4 inches across. It is secured by an original push clasp. This necklace needs an owner who appreciates, the rarity and understands it needs to be handled with care.
The condition is extraordinary considering its age of over 218 years. It has on split in the mother of pearl template on the reverse center element. It can be seen in the pictures. It doesn't affect the wear and is not visible from the front.
The necklace is presented in its original leather box which is velvet and satin lined.
This is museum worthy, and would be a welcomed addition for a collector of rare Georgian jewelry. Abraham Lincoln bought a suite of Georgian seed pearls and gave it to his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. She wore it to the first Lincoln inaugural ball.
England, circa 1810.
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