Arts and Crafts antique silver, enamel and jelly opal / faux jelly opal cabochons festoon necklace


Bright, vivid enamels and an eye-catching design on this silver Arts and Crafts festoon necklace

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A really intriguing Arts and Crafts festoon necklace, which seems to be by the same maker as the suffragette enamel necklace with amethysts I am also selling. Crafted in silver, the reverse has a silver gilt wash over it. On the suffragette necklace I have it is decorated with enamel, this one is not. The colours are striking and remind me of peacock or kingfisher hues of turquoise and greens. It is a vivid piece of work, which definitely creates an impact.

The main panel consists of two parts; the first is a stylised flower design with white, turquoise and green iridescent enamel. There is an opal/ faux opal set at the flower’s centre. Suspended at the bottom of that is a different type of flower representation, with small round circular enamels. Two festoon chains on either side lead up to the spacers which are the same design as the bottom flower. A single chain leads up to the original barrel fastener. The jelly opals / faux jelly opals set in those flowers are yellow or orange to one side and shift  to a milky colour on the other, with flashes of bright purple. These types of opals are so difficult to confirm so I am suggesting they may be faux jelly opals.

Crafted in silver and puzzling me with some things- such as – should the sections around the flowers be enamelled or was the intention never to enamel them. I’m not sure, however, a very vibrant piece which looks amazing on. In good condition, with one or two small cracks in the enamel on the top petal of the main section. It’s not much to be fair and is completely stable. The drop on the main pendant is approx 5.3cm and the length of the necklace is approx 41cm (16 inches).

I shall send by Tracked and signed post in a new necklace gift box to keep her safe. Boxes in the images are for display only.