Antique Victorian mourning parure set consisting of a pair of earrings, a brooch and a necklace. 18k gold, diamonds, natural pearls and black enamel. Similar designs were seen in Vever’s book on French jewelry of the 19th century, dating to the 1840’s and 1850’s. Measurements: 7.05 ct diamonds. Length of earrings, not including wires is approximately 1 1/2 inches (4cm). Weight of earrings is 11.1 grams. Approximate length of necklace is 14 inches (36cm). Central, decorative section of necklace approximately 5 inches. Weight of necklace is 61.5 grams. Total length of brooch is 2 1/2 inches (6.5cm). Width of brooch is 1 3/4 (approx 5cm). Weight of brooch is 17.4 grams. Description : Naturalistically modelled in botanical forms with spiralling twigs and stems, berries and diamond-set foliage as well as ribbons of gold and black enamel, flowing in circular and overlapping movement as a background and support of the botanical elements. The largest element by far is the necklace which consists of a band of finely woven gold, totally flexible and luxurious and beautifully made. It is set at intervals with little vignettes of flowers or berries and foliage, composed of baroque natural pearls and diamonds. It is fairly short in order to sit exactly at the nape of the neck, or even higher, to show the central decorative part off to best effect. This consists of a large triangular openwork creation of gold, black enamel, diamonds and baroque pearls. In the top, middle section is a bow, undulating and curving made of beautifully detailed gold work with black borders. The center of the bow is set with a very large pearl. The bow is surrounded by an arching triangle of botanical theme – twining twigs of gold with berries in the form of pearls and rosecut diamonds set into the foliage. A triple drop of pearls set in calyxes of diamonds at the bottom. The necklace is totally stunning and could have been worn to court or to the opera (any fine occasion). The brooch follows the theme of a ribbon, this time looping around itself in a design similar to those found in Vever (see pictures). The earrings are in the same vein, with the left and right being mirror images of one another. Long gold wires with simple c-clasps to secure them. All parts are set with pearl drops and fine diamond detail and mounts. The set was most likely worn in mourning or half mourning as indicated by black enamel. The black enamel is extremely elegant and suitable for any occasion today. Marks and Metal: Tongue of necklace has very worn French hallmarks – a lozenge and another mark that is totally illegible. Gold was also electronically tested to ensure metal purity. Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age. In general, enamel in surprising condition considering the age. There are minor spots of wear, including a slightly larger one on the upper curve of the brooch. Wires of earrings may not be original, but if they were altered, it was a long time ago. Please see enlarged pictures and don’t hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE. See our policies below. Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers. We would appreciate it if you notify us in advance, and explain the reason for the return. Please pack carefully to ensure the item reaches us in the same condition it left here and don’t forget to insure and track properly. Any questions, just ask. These charges are the buyers responsibility. The item “Victorian Necklace Earrings Brooch Mourning Set Gold Diamond Pearl Enamel (6862)” is in sale since Monday, February 17, 2020. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Sets”. The seller is “brendaginsberg” and is located in Boca Raton, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Brand: earrings brooch necklace
- Metal: Yellow Gold
- Metal Purity: 18k
- Main Stone: Diamond
- Material: pearls enamel
- Certification: independent appraisal
- Country/Region of Manufacture: France