This is such a beautiful Victorian woven coral bead necklace. In mint condition with the original silver and marcasite clasp, it is unique in the three distinct layers which are expertly connected.
Designed in three graduated layers, the beads are beautifully matched for color and size in each section and are masterfully woven into a fantastic collar-style necklace.
The genius assembly of these many coral beads met the talent and quality of the workmanship which wove them and created such an outstanding necklace. Characteristic of the 1870-90’s during the Victorian period, this piece has survived perfectly with no restoration or damage.
The clasp is charming with a pretty piece of matching coral in the center surrounded by 8 marcasites which are, in turn, surrounded by 16 marcasites, with 2 marcasites set in a single section with miligrain detail. The back of the clasp looks like it is stamped “835” for silver. On each side of the clasp, 3 silver beads (3.5mm) top off the coral.
The outer row measures approximately 7mm, the center row approximately 5-6mm and the inner row approximately 5mm. Unfastened, and in a gentle curve, the necklace length is approximately 16 ¼.” When I put it on, I was surprised by how much bigger the fit is than meets the eye.
Because it is woven, it has a wonderfully organic movement to it, moving on the neck when worn and never appearing rigid when at rest. This is a prize from the Victorian period and a special piece of jewelry!