Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a 14kt. yellow gold and silver topped gold Victorian coral and diamond necklace c. 1865. This necklace is comprised of 143 salmon colored, natural oval and slightly flattened, coral beads of 3.5mm. The beads are highlighted by 15 pendeloque or pear shaped (sometimes called briolette) salmon colored, natural coral. The drops are graduated from 5mm X 7.5mm long to 7.5mm X 13mm long (maximum dimension). To add sparkle and interest each coral drop is topped by one bezel set, round old mine cut diamond (open culet) mounted in silver topped yellow gold. The center drop features two diamond toppers with one diamond drop. There are 16 diamonds of 0.10 carats (10 points) and 1 center diamond of 0.50 carats (50 points), with a total weight of 2.10 carats (prox). The necklace weighs 24.7 grams and is 18" long. The closure is a barrel style clasp.
Coral jewelry has been popular throughout antiquity. It was believed to aid longevity, as a cure for wounds and other medicinal applications and as a precaution against the evil eye. Coral was especially prized during the Romantic period of the Victorian era (1837-1861). Most coral from this period comes from Italy or the Mediterranean.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The diamonds were tested using a standard jeweler's gemstone tester. The coral and diamonds sizes were calculated using a standard jeweler's caliper. The gemstone carat weights were calculated based on standard measurement practices. The stones were not removed from the piece to do physical testing or for weight. The diamonds have been cut by hand and do not strictly adhere to a specific cut. They have open culets. The clarity and color is mixed, but the stones are sparkly. They represent the look of the age of the piece.
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