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This is one of the most spectacular Arts and Crafts necklaces I have come across from the 1900 era. Hand crafted by a gifted jeweller, everything down to the figure of eight links on the chain, are hand made and bespoke for this piece. Very much Birmingham School- I have seen a Gaskins’ piece with the same leaves, as well as a few pieces by Bernard Cuzner. It also feels like it may have been made for Liberty & Co in London. Fine, delicate work and the whole thing sings loudly!
The first thing you notice is the particularly pleasing design with clusters of very beautiful leaves around each of the three opals at the top of the large oval blister pearl.
The opals are simply stupendous- blues and glitter, I have hardly seen such colours pop like this. The three opals are very well matched to shift from those vivid blues to an orange colour at certain angles.
The way the structure of the silver curves into itself at the bottom of the design is so sleek and graceful; as are the tiny clusters of silver balls places at both sides of the silver wire. There is a tiny forget-me-not on the very bottom of the piece. Tiny silver balls are placed strategically in the design and there are clusters of three tiny balls near each connecting link to the chain.
The chain is fine and is also hand-made. A variety of types of links have been used, including a sort of figure-of-eight link with a ball in the middle on each side.
The stones and the silver are in excellent order. Pleasingly, the necklace also retains her original hand crafted toggle fastener. Again, with tiny silver balls placed strategically.
This is an elegant, captivating piece with the most delicious opals and all those glittery blues. There is some patina but I don’t like to over polish- that I leave you to decide upon. The finish to the reverse is high quality and indicative of one of the finest makers. The pendant section measures approx 4.8cm in height and the wearable length of the chain is approx 41.5cm (just a touch over 16 inches).
A unique and very special piece of Arts and Crafts history. I shall send by courier internationally or else Special Delivery within the UK. The box in the images is for display purposes only-thank you. PLEASE NOTE I CAN NOW NO LONGER SEND TO GERMANY DUE TO CHANGES IN PACKAGING LAWS THERE.