Antique Victorian 14K Gold Persian Turquoise Necklace | Four Leaf Clover Drops
Marriages are wonderful when they work, especially as they do in this late Victorian yellow gold chain necklace with pave turquoise drops. Can you guess what I am talking about? Well, it looks like this wonderful necklace was just a chain with the center drop - a four leaf clover with natural pearl set at the center. But, and here I surmise, at the same time the necklace was gifted, a pair of scatter pins were also presented - true matching left and right beauties. Now maybe the owner didn't want to wear pins, maybe she thought they would be a nice addition to the chain and so, a conversion was done. Off came the back pin stem and with a little twist and turn, the c-catch was turned into a bale. Positioned at appropriate points on the chain, you end up with this beauty I now present.
Condition: Very nice for its age. Some of the turquoise cabs have darkened with age but all are pretty much perfect save for 2 that have flea bites. There are no replacement stones. The center pearls all have a nice lustre to the nacre - no water damage or breakdown. With regard to the 2 side pieces, the jeweler left the hinge holder for the pinstem in place - I do not think he wanted to mess with taking it off as, in doing so, it might have compromised the turquoise cabs. Oh, and extender chain was added to the original chain, changing the length of the necklace from 16" (orig) to 18" long.
Metal Content: 14K Gold
Hallmarks: 585 on the Lobster catch. No marks on the drops - they were lightly acid tested for content.
Size: Length is 18". The side drops measure 3/4" high x 9/16" wide. The center drop measures 11/16" wide x 3/4" high.
Weight: 9.8 grams
Final Comments: Leave as is and wear or take apart. I certainly could see this piece as a pendant necklace with matching drop earrings - all you'd need are earwires. Honestly, pave turquoise is sooooo hard to find that any piece is a delight to find!
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