Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering an 18kt. bloomed yellow gold fringe style Victorian necklace c. 1880. This dramatic piece features bright robin's egg blue, round, prong set mounted Persian turquoise. This piece has a distinctive Eastern look. There are 10 fringe dangles topped by round, oval stones in decorated bezels. The centerpiece is an oval turquoise encrusted plaque with a pendeloque turquoise drop and two dangles. The center drop is 2-1/4". The piece has 75 pieces of turquoise in varying sizes. The reverse of the stones show some matrix. There is a vague hallmark, but unidentifiable. The chain is a simple curb chain. The necklace has 2 spring rings for adapting the length to fit (the second can be removed easily). The extended necklace is 15-1/2".
Blooming, or bloomed gold was a finishing technique for jewelry from about 1860 until the turn of the 20th. century. A gold item was dipped into a chemical mixture to remove any alloys that were present on the surface of the gold. The surface presented after the dipping has a pure gold appearance and a matte finish.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing.
The pendeloque or drop shaped center turquoise is 8mm X 12mm. The stones are round to slightly oval. There are 18- 5.5mm, 36- 3.3mm, 12- 7.25mm, and 14- 4.5mm. The turquoise is nicely matched, but there are minor variations in color, ad would be expected from natural stones. The turquoise is deemed to be natural since the piece predates enhancements. The turquoise sizes were calculated using a standard jeweler's caliper. The turquoise were tested using a jeweler's stone tester. The stones were not removed from the piece to do physical testing or for weight.
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