Sometimes, as a dealer, you run into a piece that stops you in your tracks and takes your breath away. You know you’ll never see anything like it again and you can hardly believe it’s in your hands right now. That’s how we felt when a customer brought this piece in to our shop for us to consider purchasing. This Art Deco necklace is truly a heart-stopper.
What We Love About It: We’re a sucker for a good story and this necklace has one. We love that our customer received it as a wedding gift, from a friend of hers that is like a mother-figure to her. The woman gifting the necklace to our customer has led quite the life. Her father was a British diplomat stationed here in the United States and was later knighted by The Queen Of England herself. While living here in the US, he bought a fantastic farm outside of Washington DC (that’s now a state park) and that’s where our customer’s friend was raised before marrying into a well-established and prominent Virginia family. While it pains our customer to have to sell the piece to us, she has had several serious health problems and like so many Americans, her health insurance is inadequate in covering her vast expenses.
The Deets: The main part of the necklace (26″ total) is comprised of approximately 1625 seed pearls strung on wire in a geometric pattern. At the base of the necklace, you’ll find two small links made of platinum (tested) and six rose-cut diamonds on each side. Hanging from the necklace is a removable drop/lavaliere consisting of one large baroque pearl (17.5mm x 14.5mm x 11.0mm), accented by 39 rose cut diamonds (approx .87ctw; J-K/SI2 – I1), all set in platinum and backed in an folate design engraved yellow gold. At the top of the drop, the pearl is also accented by one Old European Cut Fancy Light Yellow Diamond (approx .18ct; SI1) and one Old European Cut Diamond (approx .06ct; G-H/SI2).
To say this is a very special, one-of-a-kind Art Deco piece is an understatement. To say it’s spectacular is not doing it justice. Which is why our customer, while sad she had to sell it, wanted to make sure that it would go to someone who would absolutely love it. We hope that’s you.