Here is a necklace featuring all of the very best qualities in fine antique jewelry: rarity, beauty, and wearability. The c. 1910 eye-popping center piece is a gorgeous bluish moonstone surrounded by sparkling rare and lab certified Yogo sapphires from Montana. It is consistent with the style of Louis Comfort Tiffany, who loved moonstones and George Kunz, who favored Yogo sapphires. It is possible that the pendant was once a brooch and that the now lost signature was on the pin stem. The pendant is now suspended from three rows of beautifully matched 3.5 mm cultured pearls, and the 16 1/2" long necklace sits nicely on the neck.
The platinum pendant measures 1 1/16" by 3/4" and the moonstone is 18 by 9 mm in size. It contains all of the expected fine adularescence, or shimmering blueness of a fine moonstone. The 14 Old European cut Yogo sapphires, with a total weight of 2.10 ct., are very special gemstones. They were first discovered in 1895 in only one location in Montana called Yogo Gulch, and they posses a unique bright steely blue color that never requires heat treatment. These completely natural American sapphires owe their color and clarity to the host limestone rock in which they are found. I have visited the mine, which is currently not operating, and still find these gems to be as rare and awesome as George Kunz, Tiffany's gemologist, believed them to be.
The pearl necklace, which was added more recently, is comprised of 354 fine white cultured pearls joined by a 14K white gold safety clasp. The necklace weighs 24.8 grams and is in perfect condition. The AGTA lab report will accompany the necklace.
Quite simply, no one will have a necklace such as this one. Yet, while rare, it is clean looking and streamlined making it a perfect fashion accessory 100 years after its creation.