We are head-over-heels in love with this gorgeous antique negligee necklace.
It is a spectacular example of Art Nouveau style and excellent craftsmanship.
The negligee necklace style is characterized by two pendants or gemstones dangling at the front at different lengths.
This was considered pretty racy, as it led the eye towards the wearer's décolletage.
Following the ultra conservative Victorian era, the Edwardian era women had more freedom to express their femininity in jewelry like negligee necklaces.
This necklace likely dates from circa 1901 to 1910.
This gorgeous necklace is rendered entirely in lustrous 14 karat yellow gold.
The centerpiece and dangling pendants are characterized by an absolutely breathtaking combination of bright white pearls and fiery opals.
The centerpiece boasts an almost supernaturally beautiful genuine opal.
It is set in a tall bezel of 14 karat gold; the setting is suspended at two points on the top with a delicate gold chain.
The opal has a fantastic "fire" and sparkles with brilliant flecks of green and blue.
Two pendants dangle at the bottom of the center opal.
Each of these "danglers" features two delicate gold bars that are separated by a tiny pearl and culminate with two sensational, bezel-set synthetic opals.
Please note, the two opals on the bottom are replacements, but compliment the original opal beautifully.
The two pendants era appropriately hang at different provocative lengths.
All of the metal you seen in this piece is 14 karat gold. The necklace has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the gold.
The lovely gold chain joins with a delicate but high-quality nesting box clasp.
The chain shows a very light patina while the opal's bezel settings exhibit only a few light surface scratches.
Despite the replacements, this necklace remains in outstanding condition.
Edwardian negligee necklaces are not only highly collectible; they are a special treat to wear for any appropriate occasion.
We consider them investment pieces for any collector's antique jewelry wardrobe.
Measurements: Chain is 15 ½" long and 1 ½mm wide, Center opal is 11mm wide, 8mm tall and 2 ½mm deep (w/ setting), Dangling pendants are 1 3/8" and 1 ¾" long (respectively), Synthetic opals are 8mm tall, 6mm wide and 3mm deep (w/ setting) Weight: 5.9 grams (0.21 oz)