Antique Edwardian Earrings and Necklace Pendant Set
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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Other Metals: Pre 1910: Item # 1114723
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$225 SALE. Was $285.
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It's rare to find a demi-parure still together after a century, much less one that was seldom or never worn. I'm frankly amazed by the condition of these pieces; apart from loss of the original bail and chain -- common with antique pendants, as you know -- they're nearly like new.
Of impressive size and very graceful in motion, the pendant is almost 2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches at its widest, while the matching dangle earrings are an inch long and half an inch wide. That the earrings have screw fasteners led us to the Edwardian dating; these existed in Late Victorian times, but didn't really catch on until the early 20th century. The set also has the airy, ultra-refined quality we associate with Edwardiana. The girandole (three-drop) form of the pendant is a throwback to Georgian times, however, which was perpetuated through the Victorian period by the Queen's fondness for wearing her grandmother Charlotte's girandole jewels. Here the drops feature lots of Art Nouveau curves, somewhat tempered by Arts and Crafts influence. When those design currents intersect, there's a really fresh look that I love.
Each piece sparkles with excellent topaz and diamond pastes, probably Bohemian, but the metal's a puzzle. In most lights, it appears silver, yet at times seems a very pale gold. That could be a bit of tarnish; a light wash of gold over silver; or the nature of the alloy, resembling ancient electrum. There's simply too little surface wear to tell, and it strikes me as criminal to risk damaging such pristine, subtly shimmering surfaces with polishes or test acids. Fortunately, we found a replacement chain that's a good color match. The pendant could still use a proper bale that matches -- perhaps a fancy one; we'll leave that choice to you, along with how much polishing to do.
Truly an astounding set of antique jewelry, which would be the making of any outfit in the yellow/orange/brown spectrum, this reached us from a Texas estate. It was most likely crafted in Europe circa 1905-1910.
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