This very unique collar of 15ct gold, consists of 13 elaborate and labor intensive rosettes, each connected by petite rosettes, 28 in all, with 14 charm dangles from the connecting rosettes and a total of 65 embellished dangles from the large rosettes. The labor required to fashion this stunningly beautiful piece of history is hard to fathom.
Each of the rosette measures at 19.5mm with a solid center, surrounded by filigree work with intricate weaving of coiled wire and granulation. The rosettes are embellished with a ring of seed pearls surrounding a focal of turquoise and from each rosettes are 5 lovely dangles of seed pearls, all of which are topped with petite filigree cones. Connecting the main rosettes are petite turquoise embellished rosettes at 5.5mm with the most amazing charms of open filigree turquoise dangles. The gold collar is finished with 2 barrel clasps accentuated with seed pearls and dangles at a choker length of 14.5". I can easily extend the piece to your liking without compromising the integrity or original design by adding links between the 2 barrel clasps upon request. Please see last photo of the clasps where the links can be added.
The piece is in excellent condition with all dangles, seed pearls and turquoise intact. Only thing to note is on the reverse side of one rosette, the one closest to the clasp there is some discoloration, which cannot be seen when worn but noted for accuracy sake. The piece is unmarked but has been tested to be 15ct solid gold with a hefty weight of 46 grams.
This amazing piece is from my personal collection that came from England and I had this beautiful necklace appraised back in April of 2013 by Mr. Bunda who's resume includes being a jewelry appraiser at Christies with a replacement value of $9,000 which I will pass along to the new owner of this very unique piece. This striking collar definitely has Far East influences as after Queen Victoria was crowned as the Empress of India in 1876, there was a new found fascination with the Far East, as Eastern and Indian motifs worked their way into European art and jewelry design. I was informed by Mr. Bunda it is most likely antique, but could be as late as the early 1930's.