If you are looking for a c1900 Arts and Crafts necklace, which is a fine example of both design and crafting, then this would be perfect for you. It is one of the most beautiful designs I have come across. It has been so wonderfully crafted by hand and is most likely by one of the top guilds….just a super piece all round, and in excellent condition. My heart is saying Birmingham School, as I can sense the Gaskins’ teaching in this in places. It is astoundingly executed-please look at the clasp to see what I mean-I have never seen that design before.
The pendant drop is suspended from a festoon chain arrangement. The diamond-shape structure is crafted in an openwork style with an elliptical blister pearl drop at its centre. Three very naturalistic laurel leaves are arranged either side, with clusters of berries in strategic places in the design. There is a further amethyst-set drop suspended below the main panel. That too has a fine ropework detail at the base of the setting and a cluster of three tiny berries at the bottom of the drop.
The main pendant is suspended from two chains, which lead up to the first set of amethyst-clad spacers (round stones) that are also connected to one another by an additional chain. Three tiny berries are attached to each side of the amethyst setting. The chain then leads up to a further set of amethyst-set spacers with berries-this time the matching stones are oval in shape. Such a lovely touch. The chain then leads to the fabulous silver hand-wrought fastener. How unusual and beautiful it is, complete with those tiny balls of silver, continuing the theme. This is an extremely accomplished design and execution. A gorgeous piece indeed!
The main pendant section measures approx 8.7cm from the spacers just above the plaque section. The wearable length of the necklace is approx 43.5cm (17 inches). It is a treasure of a piece in super order, having obviously been well cared-for.
I shall post in a new gift box by Tracked and Signed within the Uk and by courier internationally. Thank you.