I have seen and owned a few pieces of Austro-Hungarian jewelry in my career, and , while I have appreciated it, it has never been my favorite until I saw this piece. Honestly, if I did not respect the knowledge of the English dealer from whom I bought it, I would have thought it was from the Cheapside Horde of the 1600's, just after the Revolution. I have never seen such fine enameling, and it's in pristine condition. There are a few stones, and few pearls amidst the enameling. The stones are natural ones; there are emeralds, rubies, garnets, and the natural pearls. The enameling is done on both the front and the back of the necklace, and my dealer friend said that the jump ring was a later addition, as the piece would have been held together by ribbon. This necklace measures 15 and 1/2 inches North to South, and the enameled chain itself measures 3/8 of an inch East to West. The pendant measures 1 and 3/4 inches wide at the widest point. The piece weighs 43.49 grams. It is a rare beauty. I was told by the dealer who sold it to me that it came from her daughter-im-law's family who live on a farm in Cornwall. Her grandparents often had artists who would come to Cornwall to paint, and who would board with the family on the farm. This came from an artist who left it, and as she had no other family, it went to the farm owner's. What a rare piece of workmanship this is. I am very proud to be able to offer it on Ruby Lane. It is circa 1890.
Austro-Hungarian Necklace, Enameled, Victorian
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