Important Foiled Pink Topaz, Emerald, Pearl, and Enamel Necklace in 18k and Sterling

Sale price Price $8,500.00 Regular price

The motifs used in the late 18th and early 19th century are predominantly classical with the ornamental language initially taken from architectural decorations. There was a high level of symmetry in most years of the neoclassical period and the relief was low, more than often even flat. Popular motives were rosettes, festoons, half fluted pillars, vases, urns, ribbon bows, hearts, portraits, and snakes.

A festoon by definition is a garland of flowers, ribbons, or leaves hung in a curve as a decorative element or incorporated as an architectural feature. Thus, a festoon necklace has swags or drapes of chain, beads, or metal bindings as part of the design. This gorgeous example is loaded with not only beautifully-hued stones but also symbolism in those very stones: pink topaz (symbolizing wealth and prosperity), emerald (symbolizing truth and love), and pearl (the ultimate symbol for wisdom). 

Pink Topaz has been an incredible, elusive stone for over two centuries, and this important French Festoon necklace is one of the greatest examples of 19th Century usage of the stone. In sterling silver and weighing 76.4g, surrendering this necklace from my collection was an impossible challenge. Purchased in Paris in 2018, this necklace was likely made in North-Western France, circa 1860.

 

Materials and Features: 18k gold, sterling, pink topaz, emerald, pearl, enamel 

Age/Origin: 19th Century, French, c. 1860

Measurements: 76.4 grams, 16"

Marks: Hallmarked for padlock. Inscribed for "Nan" with small flower decor. 

Condition: Excellent condition. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.