Length: 7.99 mm to 18.35 mm. Width: 5.89 mm to 13.88 mm.Accent Stone : Salmon branch coral. Length: 3.94 mm to 14.90 mm.
Width: 1.84 mm to 5.42 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 : Polished branch coral, carved and polished salmon coral. Lavaliere pendant measurements: 0.85" to 1.92" length, 0.21" to 0.49" width.Closure/Clasp Type: Spring ring clasp. Link Type: Coral beads and base metal chain links on clear cord.
Handmade during the Art Nouveau era in China, a rare piece of Chinese export jewelry that was popular during this time period. Features a clear cord upon which many natural salmon branch coral stones have been strung. Each coral bead is salmon-pink in hue and semi-translucent. The beads are graduated in size, with the largest branch coral stones strung at the center of the necklace.Seven lavaliere pendants dangle from the cord, each with a large salmon coral stone expertly carved into a geometric motif. Two salmon branch coral stones dangle from each large coral stone, adding eye-catching swaying movement. Completing the necklace is a spring ring clasp. When worn, the necklace sits against the neck in the choker style. It appears that the coral stones were re-strung on cord at a later period in the necklace's history; this does not affect wear. Two lavaliere pendants appear to be missing from the cord, which can be replaced by your local jeweler, if desired. One of the salmon coral stones on a pendant has a chip from its side, but the stone remains secure and this does not affect wear. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. 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. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world. They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones, and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to. Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade.
Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework. Salmon coral is harvested almost exclusively in the Mediterranean off the coasts of Italy, France, Spain, Algeria, and Tunisia. Salmon coral has widely been valued as the rarest and most beautiful of all coral types. During the Victorian era only the richest of the rich could afford to have this form of coral harvested and imported into Europe and North America. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau Base Metal Chinese Salmon Branch Coral Necklace 28.4g" is in sale since Saturday, February 6, 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.