Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a high carat rich gold French pendant necklace c. 1880. This Belle Epoque piece features a pear shaped central chandelier style pendant topped by a drapey bow and finished with a gold and gemstone necklace.
The central inner tier is a pear shaped dangle turquoise that is mounted in a beaded bezel. It is 6mm X 4mm in size.
Surrounding this turquoise is a second tier with a pear shaped white enameled dangle.
The third tier is a gold laurel leaf wreath accented at the bottom with a 3.5mm round, beaded bezel set turquoise and topped by a 0.07 carat rose cut diamond.
The fourth outside tier has five round 3.5mm and four oval 5mm X 3mm. turquoise, all are beaded bezel set and topped by a 0.08 carat rose cut diamond. Interspersed with the turquoise on this tier necklace are laurel leaves. There are a total of three beaded bezel, round rose cut diamonds with a total carat weight of 0.175 carats. The diamonds are set in silver topped yellow gold. The drop at the bottom of the outside tier features a laurel leaf and a dangling oval, 5.5mm X 3.5mm turquoise.
All of the sections of the necklace are reticulated for a fluid effect. Atop the tiered chandelier pendant is a ruffled and hand wrought bow centered by a round, 3.75mm turquoise. The attached chain has decorative spacers with oval and round turquoise,all spectacle set. The closure is a spring ring type. The necklace is 16" long with a 2-5/8" drop. The piece weighs 17.6 grams. The reverse has a screw mechanism which could detach the pendant.
The Belle Époque or Beautiful Era is typically listed as the period from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. The Third French Republic beginning in 1870 was characterized by a time of peace, economic stability and colonial expansion. With peace and prosperity came scientific and technology breakthroughs. The arts flourished. In the United Kingdom, the Belle Époque overlapped with the late Victorian era and the Edwardian era.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The gold content was calculated at 22kt., a few sections tested as 18kt. Handmade pieces can have various gold contents since refining the metals was not a precise practice. The diamonds were tested using a standard jeweler's gemstone tester. The turquoise and diamond 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 turquoise are natural and untreated. The robin's egg blue turquoise color is matched with some slight color variations due to age and use. It is possible to see the matrix on the back of some stones. The front of the stones show fewer or no matrix or blemishes.
The Eagle hallmark on the closure was used from 1 January 1847 through 1 July 1919. Hallmarks were taken from Tardy's Poincons D'Or de Platine et de Palladium, 13th. Edition, Paris.
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