From a Boston estate, this spectacular antique necklace features a beautfully detailed and highly dimensional pendant measuring about 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches and half an inch deep, crowned by a huge bezel-set cabochon of marbled green Peking or Czech glass. The setting has a floral and foliate pattern that screams Art Nouveau and the metal is silver in color - but tarnish-free, so the surface is apparently of rhodium or chromium, one of those hard-wearing, easy-care metals from the platinum family. The 21-inch chain fitted with a gorgeous filigree clasp seems to be original.
Condition is so fabulous that I thought at first this was a Victorian Revival piece from the 1920s or so, a couple of decades younger than the style suggests. However, after looking closely at the quality of the glass, at minute losses of plating evident under high magnification and at the lovely clasp (not at typical of the Deco period, when simple spring-rings were commonplace), I'm more inclined to date it circa 1900. In this case, it's been marvelously cared for. Regardless of its exact age, this is an enchanting jewel of impressive size.
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