Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a platinum topped necklace with a briolette cut diamond and natural pearls c. 1900. This wonderful piece features a platinum chain studded with natural pearls ending in a central drop mounted with four prong mounted natural pearls. There are six bezel and prong set, round old European cut diamonds. Each diamond is 1.78mm or 0.02 carats. The six diamonds and natural pearls are mounted in platinum topped yellow gold. The special feature of this piece is a briolette cut diamond drop that measures 5.5 mm X 3.3mm X 3.1mm. The total diamond weight is calculated to be 0.60 carats for the briolette cut stone. The total diamond weight for the necklace is 0.72 carats (prox). All of the diamonds are VS-SI in clarity and H-I-J in color. The briolette cut diamond is VS clarity and K color There are four additional pearls mounted in the chain. All of the pearls are 3.25mm. in size. This necklace has a simple, rich and elegant look. The tube clasp is yellow gold. Designed as a choker, the chain is 14" long (additional chain can be added), the piece weighs 3.8 grams.
Since platinum was difficult to work, jewelry made with solid platinum was not readily available. However, in the late 1870's, jewelers were able to fuse platinum foil to gold allowing the look of platinum. Around 1878, a patent for setting diamonds with platinum tipped prongs was issued. About 1890, gold items fully topped with platinum were produced.
Victorian jewelry had symbolism in its motifs and the stones used in its construction. The diamond was considered a symbol of purity and innocence, love and fidelity, and strength of character. Pearls are symbolic of wisdom gained through experience and offer protection, good luck and wealth.
The platinum and gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The pearl size was calculated using a standard jeweler's caliper and tested for authenticity. The pearls are deemed to be natural pearls since the piece was produced prior to the production of man made pearls. The diamonds were tested using a standard jeweler's diamond tester. The diamonds were measured for size using a standard jeweler's caliper. No stones were removed from the piece for weighing or testing.