A French Belle Epoque platinum-topped gold necklace with diamonds by Chaumet. The necklace has old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 68 carats, H-I-J color, VS/SI clarity. The necklace is designed as a graduated double festoon. The center stone weighs approximately 2.50 carats, with the remaining stones graduating to .20 carat. The house of Chaumet was founded in 1780 by Marie-Etiene Nitot as Nitot et fils. Nitot had begun his career working with Auber, jeweler to Queen Marie-Antoinette. An aristocratic clientele was soon to follow him to his new workshop. A reputation as the "jeweler of the tiara" was earned in those early commissions when Nitot created the coronation crown for Napoleon. Napoleon wanted to make his family transcendent and saw jewels as the true symbol of power to be used in displaying his kingly authority. Empress Josephine appeared at the coronation resplendent in a tiara created for her by Nitot, and so it began.A similar festoon necklace is pictured in Chaumet Paris, by Roselyne Hurel and Diana Scarisbrick, Paris musées, 1998, page 95, Plate 128.
An Edwardian platinum sautoir necklace with diamonds and seed pearls. The necklace is comprised of a chain with five rows of seed pearls, interspersed with complex decorative filigree work and studded with diamonds. It has a hanging pendant encrusted with diamonds, cut with open work and replete will delicate millgraining. The piece has 235 old mine- and rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 5.50 carats, including the chain. The center of the pendant is one old European-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .75 carat.
A French Belle Epoque 18 karat gold, platinum, diamond, pearl and Paillet enamel pendant watch necklace. The pendant watch has 26 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.05 carats, 70 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .70 carat, and 28 seed pearls. The back of the pendant has a Paillet enamel depicting putti, Aphrodite with doves in hand and Pandora. It can be counted as an example of the virtuoso enameling Paillet is known for. The platinum chain is composed of 4 diamond-set plaques. Similar pictured in Boucheron Le Joaillier Du Temps, by Gilles Neret, Conti, 1992, pages 49-50.
A Belle Epoque platinum and 14 karat gold lavaliere necklace with bezel-set garnet, yellow sapphire, blue sapphire and diamonds. The diamond-set platinum chain necklace suspends a cushion-shape red garnet with an approximate weight of 5.50 carats, an oval blue sapphire with an approximate weight of 5.75 carats, an oval cushion yellow-orange sapphire with an approximate weight of 5.50 carats, and rose and Old European cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.30 carats. With original signed "Peter Rath Munchen" fitted box.
A French Mid-20 Century 18 karat gold and platinum "Angel Hair" necklace with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The necklace has 26 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.10 carats. The "Angel Hair" necklace is designed as a highly flexible tapered band of gold fringe enhanced by a circular-cut diamond cross-over front detail. Pictured in Jewelry of the 1940''s and 1950''s, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1988, page 172.
A French Retro 18 karat gold and platinum necklace with diamonds and sapphires. The necklace has 74 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.75 carats, and 66 calibre-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 5.50 carats. The necklace is designed with stylized twisted gold leaves interspersed with a row of diamonds alternating with a row of sapphires. The front of the necklace is suspended by two woven gold chains with a twisted leaf motif clasp.
Signed: “Made in France” with French control marks
An Early-20th Century platinum necklace with diamonds. The necklace has 5 large Old European-cut diamonds ranging in size from smallest to largest at 0.82 carats 0.82 - 1.00 - 1.00 - 1.11 - 1.16 carats, 443 Old European-cut and round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 18.74 carats, 10 trapazoid-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.20 carats, 8 French-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.60 carats, and 10 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.40 carats. The necklace overall measures 16" in length, and may be converted to a choker necklace at 13.25", or or to two bracelets at 6.75" each.
A platinum Art Deco lavalier necklace with diamonds and pearls. The lavalier pendant and tapered plaques have 117 round old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.00 carats and 2 natural saltwater pearls which hang from the diamond set plaques designed in a classic Art Deco motif. The natural white pearl measures 10.1 x 9.4 mm and the dark gray natural pearl measures 8.8 x 8.6 mm. The necklace has 376 seed pearls connected with a platinum chain weave. Gemological Institute of America report #6173345278.
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