An extraordinary antique Austro-Hungarian necklace beautifully made from 900 silver and set with fabulous lapis lazuli, seed pearls and tiny sapphires.
The necklace has an ornate three piece pendant set with eight lapis and accented with five seed pearls.
The bottom crop has a double sided lapis teardrop with wonderful matrix and flecks of iron pyrite.
There are five round lapis cabochons, one oval and one rectangle, all are set in bezels.
The heavily embellished silver work in the pendant has detailed foliate designs, the back is as nicely finished and detailed as the front.
The chain is quite amazing...each link is very detailed with great attention to fine detail- two links have bezel set lapis, eight links have natural seed pearls, two links are oval lapis beads and four links are set with three natural faceted small sapphires (12 in all).
The necklace closes with a secure spring ring catch.
The necklace measures 17" long, the pendant adds 3.25" to the length and is 1.25" wide, the lapis teardrop measures 1.5" by .75".
Total weight is a hefty 47 grams.
Very good condition, with minor wear.
Unmarked, the silver tested 900 with acid.
A truly amazing handcrafted antique necklace c1870-1890.
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