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Georgian Necklace, High Carat Gold, Turquoise and Pearls
This is such a beautiful piece of work; Robbins' Roost is very proud to be able to offer a piece of this quality on Ruby Lane. It's not often that we find circa 1820 necklaces, still together. This one features the wonderful cannetille gold work that was popular at this time, and is one of my favorites features of early jewelry. It was a skillful way to make the most of the gold available, and was completely out of fashion, as Becker tells us, by 1840. A pendant or a pair of earrings with just one of these lovely turquoise and pearl discs would be lovely, but this necklace contains sixteen of these beautiful gold circles, connected by wonderful cannetille bead work, The necklace lays beautifully flat on the neck, and measures 17 and 1/2 inches long, not counting the end of the clasp which slips into the disc. I haven't tested the gold, but it is high carat. I just tried this piece on (big mistake), and I can't tell you how beautiful it looks on, and it is a perfect length for me, and most people. It would rest on the skin with a scoop necked blouse, or even a shirt color, but would rest on a turtle necked sweater. Of course, in my opinion, it is the gold work which makes this piece so compelling.
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