What a marvelous late Victorian –ca. 1880s – rolled gold book chain pendant necklace – truly an outstanding beauty! This classic features 24 book chain links on each side – 48 total – and each link is engraved, both front and back, with an aesthetic style design. From the chain is suspended an ornately scrolled pendant which has a bezel set sardonyx cameo at its center. Two small rolled gold flowers, each set with a tiny pearl, flank the cameo. Interestingly, the rolled gold chain is a yellow gold and the applied rolled gold floral motifs on the pendant are a warm rose gold – a lovely subtle juxtaposition of colors. As many of you know, rolled gold was very popular during the Victorian era – it was made by fusing a base metal, usually brass, between thin sheets of gold. The gold was commonly 9K or 10K. The cameo features an elegant neoclassical woman in a left facing pose. Quite three-dimensional, she is beautifully and exquisitely carved. This necklace has a period correct push box style front fastening clasp; it also has a back fastening hook in oval clasp, which I believe is a later addition, but it does make it a more easily wearable piece. The total length of the necklace when clasped is 10 inches. The chain measures 8 inches on each side and the pendant itself measures 1 5/8 inches long and 1 3/8 inches wide. The condition is excellent – one small speck of discoloration on the book chain, as pictured, is the only issue I see – remarkable, really, when you consider this stunner is 125 years old. It weighs 27.2g. An heirloom quality necklace of distinction – you will be pleased. $245.00

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Victorian Rolled Gold Book Chain Pendant Necklace – Sardonyx Cameo– 1880s


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