The pendant portion of this necklace came to me quite some time ago as an Art Deco dress clip. I can't say for sure whether or not it had a match when it was first made (they often came in pairs), but I do know that there's not a lot of call for dress clips these days, and it would be a shame to see a piece as lovely and well made as this one go to waste. I hope that I did it justice.
Crafted in sterling silver, the pendant portion consists of a fabulous little lizard (a gecko perhaps), set with 9 tiny rose-cut marcasite stones. He is enhanced by the translucent deep red enameled guilloche decorated background, which is then finished with vivid green opaque enamel border.
I have attached two decorative links to either side of the pendant (which I believe were actually parts of Deco earrings if memory serves me correct) by using the altered original findings of the clip, and then complemented the pendant with Deco era glass beads in similar shades of green and red. This piece is finished with a slightly boxy larger link vintage chain.
The pendant portion of this necklace measures 1.02 " from top to bottom, with a maximum width of 0.61" from side to side. The entire necklace measures just under 17.5" from end to end, and the chain itself has a maximum width of 0.09" (2.3 mm) from edge to edge. This piece weighs 10 grams.
*** Having dealt in antique & vintage jewelry for over a decade now, I find myself with growing pile of pieces for repair. Unfortunately doing repairs, though a necessary part of my business, can become a dull task, so to allow a little fun & creativity in my days, I am upcycling and converting some of the old into new. This is one of those pieces.
I take pride in my work, so I have done my best to ensure clean & well detailed finishes to my pieces - both front and back. I provide multiple photographs so that the buyer can see the quality of workmanship that goes into each piece I construct. These aren't 'cut and paste pieces' - I intend for them to endure a lifetime of wear, with the hopes that they will eventually be passed down to the next generation - just as the treasured heirlooms they consist of were intended to be. ***