Dating to c.1740-1750 for the Queen Anne paste necklace, and c.1820 for the added pinchbeck chains and clasp, I am thrilled to present this highly-rare and early jewel for the consideration of my holiday-shopping Ruby Lane clientele!
I purchased this exceedingly rare Queen Anne paste jewel on my recent buying trip to the UK, and it is ready to light up your special occasions with vibrant history! Measuring 17" wearable length, this necklace is proof that some marriages are made in Heaven, and is a testament to the classic wearability of this magnificent piece!
The nine red pastes date to c.1740; although we refer to this as "Queen Anne" paste, it really post-dates the reign of that monarch by 25 years. These bright, bold and beautiful red pastes are cushion-shaped, and measure a grand 3/4" x 5/8"! That is approx. 20 "carats" each! In keeping with the era, the pastes are set in knife-edged, rubbed-over, "pillow-backed" settings of copper gilt (copper fire-gilded with high-karat gold). The pastes are backed with red foils to give added fire and dimension; remember, these gems would only be seen by candlelight!
The pastes are joined by two rows of pinchbeck chain, and feature two lengths of pinchbeck chain at the terminals as well as a copper-gilt locking tube clasp. (I have added a safety chain for extra security.) This necklace would originally have had slides at the terminals; it is likely that a lady of fashion inherited this necklace from an ancestor c.1820, and wished to bring it "up-to-date" by removing the slides, and adding the festoons.
The pinchbeck chains suit this jewel perfectly, and the period tube clasp makes this Queen Anne beauty oh-so-easy to wear! It is likely that the body of this gorgeous necklace would not be well into it's third century had it not been for this bit of conservation; this stunner would have looked as impressive with the fashions of the 1820s as it had with those of the 1740s, and it makes for a dramatically-wearable statement piece for the 21st-century lady! SIMPLY SPECTACULAR!
The paste segments of the necklace measures 9" long, with the textured gold pinchbeck chains draping gracefully towards the back of the neck. At 17" long, this jewel sits "just so" on the neck, and is long enough for modern wear. This impressive necklace has survived in it's present state for nearly 200 years, and it will last another 200 years with proper care. Condition is excellent; all of the pastes are intact, and just LOOK at that cherry red color! Weighing in at 59.96 grams, this is a substantial necklace which is certain to be the envy of all who see it!
If you collect the ULTIMATE in early paste jewelry, this investment-worthy necklace belongs around your neck and in your collection! The fashion magazines are showing big, bold necklaces for winter and spring, so this beauty is still in high style after 275 years! It would also make an investment-worthy holiday gift for any lady fond of historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Most dealers sell their Queen Anne necklaces for upwards of $7500-$10,000, but not in my shop; when I get a good deal, so do you! (Please also see the second Georgian and the Victorian riviere necklaces I am listing this week!) Do not miss this rarity; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority or registered mail shipping is FREE!
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