A beautiful, antique coral and pearl necklace in wonderful condition. Featuring a necklace of real, button-shaped pearls and deep, salmon-pink coral beads, threaded onto white silk or cotton and having an absolutely gorgeous, central pendant drop of a carved coral bird, mounted in sterling silver, with a dropper of carved and faceted coral. I don't know if the pearls are salt water or freshwater pearls, but they are real pearls, not simulated. The pendant features a large, oval cabochon of natural red coral, mounted in a sterling silver, open-back collet setting. Suspended from this is an exquisite, hand-carved coral bird, perched on a carved coral vine. Suspended from the vine is a carved and faceted coral drop, also mounted in sterling silver. The bird and vines are beautifully hand-carved, with superb attention to detail. Carved by a master carver of the day, the minute detailing of the bird's feathers and the individual leaves of the vine are fantastically executed. Possibly, the carved coral bird was removed from an earlier piece and re-mounted in silver and incorporated into this custom-made necklace at some time during the very early 1900s. Condition is excellent; the bird has an old repair to one wing, which was professionally carried out at some time in the past, and is not noticeable to the naked eye. The necklace measures 15.75 inches in length, and the pendant is almost 3 inches long. The coral and the pearl beads are graduated 0.125 to 0.25 inch. A fabulous antique natural coral and pearl necklace, and it wears beautifully. The necklace looks absolutely stunning when worn, and you will never, ever see another like it. This is truly a unique and beautiful piece of antique coral jewelry.
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