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Consummate Art Nouveau Diamond Sautoir and Locket

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1920: Item # 1161406

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Consummate Art Nouveau Diamond Sautoir and Locket

Rich blue, the color of a clear, late night sky sets the background for diamonds on this utterly, perfect necklace and locket . Henry Blank and Co. the American Newark jeweler responsible for this necklace is known for incorporating the best quality gems available. The design combines elements of concurring periods. The butterfly above and the diamond and the scrolling vines that encircle the locket, are designs seen in the Art Nouveau movement. The blue translucent engine turned enamel was an enameling technique used through the Art Deco Period. The delicacy of the chain and of the entire necklace can be attributed to Edwardian jewelry in which platinum was first used. The enamel radiates from the center five diamonds as sun's rays reach out from the sun. The blue, rich and gleaming, as if lit from behind, is the perfect color to enhance the diamonds above it. An original chain, rarely found with this example of a locket, has elongated oval links the color of the pendant. The design on the engraving of the links is a herringbone pattern. Tasteful glitter and harmony pervade this jewel which is in superb condition. The length reaches the center of the breast at 21 inches. The diameter of the locket is 1 1/4 inches. There are two photographs of handsome men within the locket although the photo displays one. Remove them and replace with your own photos. Scrolls are engraved on the reverse depicting initials that form a fanciful pattern. A change of attitude can be accomplished by wearing the locket on a navy blue ribbon at the nape of the neck. The diamonds are european cut stones. All original. Condition: Immaculate See "American Jewelry Manufacturers, page 46 for a fascinating history of the Henry Blank firm which began in 1886 under the ownership of N.E. Whiteside, later the president of Dun & Bradstreet!

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