Happy Wednesday!! How about something antique with a bow?
This lovely diamond and pearl sautoir dates to 1905, so I’d call it late Edwardian or early Art Deco. It dangles two lustrous silvery gray drop pearls attached by bellflower diamond caps to a platinum bar chain necklace spaced by diamond collet and seed pearl trios. The necklace also features a diamond-set triple loop ribbon tied bow, which dangles the two pearls from its ribbon ends.
I needed to give you a closer look at that bow. Look at its lovely, contoured ribbon shape, the way the millegraining adds texture along the edges, the perfect smattering of diamonds to add sparkle. I also love the asymmetry of the chains, the way that the diamond and pearl elements are different on the right and left sides. For a delicate piece, there’s a lot to add visual interest here.
Here’s the full view. You can see that it’s a longish piece; at about 20 inches, this necklace would dangle its silvery pearls just above a lady’s decolletage. An ethereal piece that I think could be very sensual, depending on what kind of neckline it was paired with. It would be a dream as a wedding-day necklace.
This incredible diamond and pearl sautoir is currently for sale at S.J. Philips. All images and info are thanks to S.J. Phillips.