Webster's Dictionary defines a "masterpiece" as "a work done with extraordinary skill or artistic achievement." I have been fortunate enough lately to acquire several jewels which meet this criteria, and I am proud to present the "Masterpiece collection" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Dating to c.1875-1885, this American high-Victorian solid gold necklace will be at the top of her wish list for Valentine's Day! Rarely do gold Victorian necklaces of this quality make it untouched into the 21st-century, but this jewel is magnificently preserved, and in near-mint condition for its 140+ year history! Its extra-fancy, hefty links, fabulous, all-original condition, and exquisite versatility all qualify this jewel for Masterpiece status!
The body of this necklace measures 18" long x 6 mm wide, and boasts extra-fancy double links in both polished and textured gold!The chain terminates is a gorgeous shield-shaped drop, which is elegantly embellished in black taille epergne enamel and engraved in the style of the Aesthetic Movement! Moreover, the center of the shield is set with a tiny (1/2" x 1/4") hard stone cameo of a classical goddess wearing a chiton and a pearl necklace! The detail is nothing short of outstanding! The cameo is in perfect condition, and is further embellished with a natural white seed pearl and rose-gold leaves!
But wait; it gets even better! The hand-cut, "tongue-in-groove" clasp snaps invisibly into one side of the shield, from which is suspended a further length of fancy gold chain terminating in a breath-taking gold cross! This drop slides onto a hook at the back of the shield, so the necklace can be worn on its own, or with the cross drop! The drop measures a total of 3 1/2", and the cross measures 2" long x 1 1/2" wide. The front of the cross is beautifully hand-engraved with elegant scrollwork and has a blank cartouche in the center (perfect for engraving with your initials)! The reverse of the cross displays a stippled border as well as the initials "K.G." engraved in Old English script, likely the initials of the original owner of this stunning devotional jewel. JUST OUTSTANDING!
Best of all, this necklace has made it through nearly a century and a half in all-original condition, without damage, repairs, or replacements! It is nothing short of a miracle, but this necklace looks just as fresh lovely today as when it first graced the neck of a lady of wealth and fashion c.1880! The gold is a delectable shade of yellow with a strong hint of rose. It has not been cleaned, and has built up a luscious "bloom" which only the passing of many generations can impart. This necklace weighs in at a very substantial 38.47 grams of 14k gold, and represents a fine investment piece that you will wear again and again (all elements unmarked but tested for 14k)!
if you collect the ULTIMATE in Victorian jewelry, this necklace deserves pride of place in your collection! Wear it with the cross, on its own, or add your own pendant; the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! It would also make the gift of a lifetime for any lady who loves museum-quality devotional jewelry with a grand and romantic history, and will be shipped in a gift box suitable for storing or giving. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind treasure; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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