Art Nouveau Blades of Grass Turquoise & Pearl Necklace in 10k Gold
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A lovely Art Nouveau era lavaliere necklace, modeled in 10k rosy yellow gold, whose pendant features two natural, bezel-set, turquoise cabochons— a robin’s egg blue oval, that rests inside the pendant's shapely gold frame, and a slightly greener (sea foam) pear, that drops below this frame. These turquoise cabochons are vibrant and highly-silicated, with a high polish, and striking light-brown matrix. The pendant’s frame resembles a clutch of bending grasses, and its four "blades" are deeply graved with a series of lines that follow their graceful forms. Three luminous, white seed pearls dot our pendant, where these blades of grass come together. This pendant is equipped with a decorative bail (also set with seed pearls). It hangs from a slender, period cable chain. Marked 10k, for purity, the pendant is finished with a rich gold bloom. The chain tests 14k gold. Closure is an old spring ring clasp. We love the serene quality of this composition, and the way the natural is contrasted with the refined, here!
c. 1900 - 1910
Total drop (including bail) measures approx 34.6 mm (about 1 1/3"); pendant width is aprox 21.9 mm; oval turquoise cabochon measures approx 14.5 x 7.1 mm; pear turquoise cabochon measures approx 9.5 x 6.4 mm; chain length is approx 17".