We have similar Art Deco and Chinese items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A.Age Circa : Art Deco C. Markings : "Silver 925" on the back of the clasp, tested, and guaranteed. 925 sterling silver with a yellow gold wash. Length: 4.08 mm to 6.72 mm. Width : 3.73 mm to 5.53 mm. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts : Naturally off-round and polished pearls. Chain width : 5.98 mm. Pendant measurements: 1.0" total length, 0.56" width. Link Type: Fancy filigree link chain.
Handmade during the Art Deco era in China. Composed of yellow gold wash over.Chinese export jewelry was highly desirable during the Art Deco era and affordable to only the most wealthy. The necklace features five beautiful freshwater pearls. The stones showcase lustrous white hues. Four of the stones are strung between the necklace's fancy filigree chain links, while the fifth pearl dangles from the lavaliere necklace. A teardrop-shaped border surrounds the dangling pearl, which is also adorned with hand-twisted filigree designs. Completed with a box clasp, adorned with a heart-shaped filigree design, for secure wear. When worn, the necklace rests below the collarbone with the pendant against the décolletage on most people.
There is minor wear to the gold wash over sterling silver, which does not affect wear. This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period.
Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world.The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Freshwater pearls are a special type of pearl that are created by freshwater mussels and have been used in jewelry as far back as Medieval times. The largest source for natural freshwater pearls at that time was the Holarctic Freshwater Pearl Mussel, which was native to Scotland. This species is now endangered, and most freshwater pearls must be cultured. Unlike cultured saltwater pearls, freshwater pearls are not bead-nucleated and are therefore typically less round. Instead of using a bead, a small square of mantle tissue is cut from a donor mussel's inner lining and inserted into the lining of the harvesting mussel to instigate pearl formation. The unique harvesting technique makes freshwater pearls purely composed of nacre. These pearls are valued for their whimsical shapes and wide range of colors.
The unique character of freshwater pearls is found in their distinctive texture and the warmth of their luster. Lavalieres are necklaces that include a fairly long chain or small link necklace, that ends in a single large pendant or tassel, which in turn often has additional pendants or tassels dangling from it. Though named for a mistress of Louis XIV, the style is usually associated with turn-of-the-20th century jewelry and remained popular into the 1930s.
Filigree metalworking is a delicate form of art and has been found as early as 3,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. It involves stamping out a design in metal and hand bending and twirling threads, combined with tiny beads, until a final motif emerges. It is reminiscent of lace and considered one of the most difficult metalworking processes.
Filigree is still a very popular technique in India and Asia. The item "Antique Vintage Art Deco 925 Sterling Silver Gold Wash Chinese Pearl Necklace 5g" is in sale since Saturday, June 26, 2021.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.