This beautiful antique citrine and seed pearl necklace is Victorian, circa 1880. It has an interesting history as it is Indian and made during the British Raj period where the British ruled the Indian subcontinent during the years 1858-1947. The designs reflected the sales popular in England blended with the handworked gold and availability of gemstones in India. Necklaces such as these were exhibited at the Exhibition at South Kensington in 1886.
It measures 16 inches in length and drapes gracefully on the neck. It has three rows of natural white seed pearls and 14 citrines. The pearls are white, much whiter than I could capture in the pictures. The citrines are beautifully faceted and each slightly irregular as these were hand cut. Each terminal in the necklace is 14 karat gold and hand made. The end terminals never were designed to have citrines. as the gold is finished differently without a loop like the others. This was to have it lay smoothly on the back of the neck.
The necklace has been recently restrung utilizing a custom gold slide clasp.
The condition is excellent. This is a timeless, beautiful necklace suitable for casual or dress occasions.
A similar example can be seen in the book, Margret Flower "Jewelry 1837-1901" page 49.
India/England circa 1880
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