This rare antique 15 karat gold nautical necklace is circa 1900. In 35 years, I have never offered a necklace of reverse intaglio crystals. The theme of the necklace is nautical with flags representing letters. The intaglios, carved on the reverse of crystals would be painted and backed in mother of pearl to reflect light. The result is a luminous glow from the crystals. This was labor intensive and required a skilled artisan. Most unusual is the fact that there are 9 intaglios that are double-sided so there are actually 18 intaglios. The letters below the flags would be used to create a secret word or message. In the case of this necklace it may have been the name of a ship or a secret love message. It was difficult to photo as the crystals reflect light and the clear beautiful image is not clear in the picture. The colors are vibrant and the flags realistically painted.
I have joined the chain with a heart locket and also with a gold compass. Both are not included but available separately and used to demonstrate the possibilities of this beautiful chain. It would also look wonderful worn alone or with an anchor or ship charm.
The chain and intaglios are 15 carat gold. The dog clasp is 12 karat.
It measures 61 inches with the clasp and each intaglio is 9 mm.
Condition is excellent.
England, circa 1900
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Antique Victorian Reverse Intaglio Crystal Necklace