Here is the last of several superb antique seed pearl necklaces in our collection, and it's a beauty! No diamonds ... just lovely seed pearls all set in 14k.
When you hold it out by the ends, it reaches a full length of 16" and the centrepiece itself measures 4 1/2 inches long. The central drop is 1 1/4" and the 4 shorter drops are each 3/4". A total of 6 darling seed pearl daisies, each having a diameter of 3/8" are the focus of the centrepiece, which is joined at either end to a strong, 14k rope twist chain about 2mm thick. The circular clasp has an unusual way of opening: you just pull back on one edge of the connecting piece...no levers of any kind.
If you're looking for faults in the 55 - 65 seed pearls, you'll need a loupe to see them. I looked and can find very little, if any loss to the nacre.
The best thing about this lovely antique necklace is its very pretty design. The sheer number of seed pearls give it such a glow. On the back of the centre drop, there is a maker's hallmark along with 14k. I am not familiar with the hallmark as this is such an old piece. We have done a closeup of it. If you recognize it, please let us know.
I love antique seed pearl necklaces: they are all unique and offer something you cannot get in today's jewelry: beautiful designs, class, craftsmanship. Over the past 7 years of having a shop here at Ruby Lane, we have offered some superb antique necklaces to those who appreciate the uniqueness and collectibility of antique jewelry. This is the last we have. Don't let it get away.
Antique, Estate Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry: Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets. Cartier, Erte, Tiffany
Welcome to our shop. The selection is small but exquisite. Reasonable offers considered. 3-6 month layaway over $1000 okay.