Movement is a key feature in this antique Edwardian French diamond and platinum negligee necklace. Not only does the necklace, itself, move but the two pendants have their own swing and movement further attracting the light to interact with the old cut diamonds which adorn this entire piece. The intertwined ovals at the top are set with 32 rose cut diamonds from which 2 pendants swing. One is set with 4 mine-cut diamonds ending in a pave circle of 10 old-cut diamonds with an *approx. 0.90ct.total weight. The other pendant has 3 mine-cut diamonds terminating in 0.55ct., which total*approx. 0.80ct. The negligee pendant itself measures 2 3/4 tall. The upper ovals measures 1" wide and each circular, diamond-encrusted drop is 1.5 cm in diameter. The necklace is about 22" in length, but is cleverly designed to allow the chain to be shortened an inch to accommodate various necklines. There are no marks to note but the metal has been assayed as platinum. Total weight is 13.5 grams.
A negligee necklace is distinguished as a pendant necklace designed with two dangling components of irregular length. This was a characteristic ornament of the day, first designed and worn between 1900 and 1920. The necklace was typically set with diamonds, pearls and perhaps other gems but predominantly, the use of the lighter, whiter gems were definitive of the Edwardian period. The asymmetrical design of the pendants suspended from a pendant offers an interesting and exciting visual delight.
One rarely sees a diamond necklace, which is so versatile in its wearability. The atypical nature of this piece affords the owner a myriad of wardrobe options. Romantic and sensual by design, this classic Edwardian period negligee pendant offers glittering adornment, by sunshine or candlelight.