This gorgeous antique demi-parure would be the making of any outfit in the yellow/orange/brown spectrum. It's a choice you'll never regret, if those are your colors -- or your lady's.
Of impressive size, these jewels are graceful in motion and comfortable to wear, because of the airy openwork so characteristic of Edwardiana, 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 also argues for an Edwardian dating; these existed in Late Victorian times, but didn't really catch on until the early 20th century. 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, presumably Bohemian, but the metal's a puzzle. In most lights, it appears silvery, yet at times seems a very pale gold. That could be a light wash of gold over silver or the nature of the alloy, resembling ancient electrum -- or perhaps just a bit of tarnish. There's simply too little surface wear to tell if there's an underlying metal, and it strikes me as criminal to damage such pristine, subtly shimmering surfaces with polishes or test acids. Fortunately, we found a replacement chain that's a great color match. The pendant could still use a proper bale that matches -- perhaps a fancy one; we'll leave that selection to you, along with the decision about how much polishing to do, if any.
Provenance of the set is a Texas estate and its origin is most likely European.
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