This is a very interesting necklace. It's a strand of very white, perfectly-sized genuine cultured pearls. The pearl necklace measures 16 inches long by 10mm wide. The sterling silver hook and slide-in clasp is marked with the letter ~ M ~ in a box. (Could they be Mikimoto pearls? We're unable to confirm so hoping they are but pricing as not.)
And that's just the beginning of the intrigue because there's this fantastic pendant.
It's very ornate and made of 925 sterling silver. There are long leaves and fruit that look like hearts and curving wirework and more small pearls to tie in with the strand of pearls.
The pendant measures 1 3/4 inches across by 3 1/4 inches long. The back is a sterling silver grid that holds the work on the front. There's a hallmark on the pendant that includes 925 for sterling and a mark that looks like a tree or a T with an L and the number 84 which is associated with Russian silver. We're not able to find anything similar in a mark.
The silver pendant tests for 925 sterling. We're guessing this was a custom piece because the pendant slides off and can be used with another chain of your choice. The pearls can be worn alone. These were no doubt paired to be worn together this way but can be separated.
The necklace weighs 53 grams. It's in excellent vintage condition. Note - the hook marked with the M is gilded metal (maybe gold-filled) while the receiving melon ball clasp is sterling silver.
This estate piece is in excellent vintage condition. Mystery aside, it's a fantastic necklace.
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Unique Pearl Sterling Silver Necklace Ornate Pendant Hallmarked