The necklace I’m about to show you is exceptionally beautiful. It was made between 1890 and 1910. The design is abstract, but you can see a foliate influence in the vine and leaf-like feel of certain elements.
With 140 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.10 carats, 25 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 4.15 carats, 5 round-cut emeralds with an approximate total weight of .10 carats, it has some lovely sparkle and color. The pendant culminates in a pearl drop. The larger pendant detaches and can be worn as a brooch.
It’s delicate but it’s on the larger side, at 24 inches in length and 2 1/2 inches wide at the widest point. Because of the necklace length, that pearl would either be dangling mid-decolletage in a plunging dress, or resting on fabric.
This unique necklace is currently for sale at Macklowe Gallery. Thanks to Macklowe for the information and lovely picture.