Special Jewel of the month

EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY MOONSTONE SAUTOIR

EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY MOONSTONE SAUTOIR

OUR SEPTEMBER SPECIAL JEWEL OF THE MONTH IS THIS VERY BEAUTIFUL EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY MOONSTONE SAUTOIR

This very beautiful early twentieth century sautoir or long jewelled gold chain of 132 cm. is composed of 107 individually hand cut moonstones weighing just over 90 carats. The moonstones are individually hand set in warm yellow gold in spectacle settings joined by gold links. A bolt ring and swivel fitting which could be used to attach a pendant or charm/s if desired fasten the necklace.

Moonstones are an intriguing and attractive gemstone with a distinctive adularescence – a bluish sheen caused by the structure of the gemstone. They are often very effectively utilised in antique carved man- in the- moon jewellery, where the subject complements the name and appearance of the gem. Although perennially popular moonstone jewellery was particularly popular in the early twentieth century to the beginning of World War 1. The  moonstone jewellery complemented the delicate, softly coloured fashions and beauty ideals of the time. This was the era of the romanticised and very feminine Gibson Girl in America and of the early period of “Downton Abbey” in Britain.

The delicacy, soft colour, wearability and day to night versatility of early twentieth century jewellery in harmony with today’s taste make pieces such as this sautoir sought after today. The adularescence is a desirable strong blue. The 107  moonstones each a little different as they are each individually hand cut and individually hand set give both an unpretentious casualness but also a preciousness to the necklace. In a world of mass production such jewellery is the new luxury.

Special price for September on application.

20007584

Condition
Very Good
Origin
America
Period
C.1910
Dimensions
132cm. Moonstones 107: each 5 X 3.6mm. average

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