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Demantoid Garnet and Diamond Lorgnette Necklace


Dating from the late 19th century, this bloomed gold lorgnette necklace is set with demantoid garnet highlights. Enclosing folding spring loaded lenses released by a thumbpiece, the high relief case centering a fleur-de-lis accented by diamond and demantoid garnet mêlée features scrolling floral and foliate motifs, continuing to a reeded columnar handle terminating in a shell and foliate design bail. A stylish jeweled pendant with a purpose, wear this lorgnette for its beauty, fun, and function.


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Item #: N-18447
Country: England
Circa: 1890s-1900s
Size: 5" length, 1.25" width (lorgnette); 30" length (chain); 35" length (total with chain and lorgnette pendant)
Materials: 8 Round-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.10 carat); 4 Round-cut demantoid garnets (approximate total weight 0.10 carat); 15K Gold

Folding spectacles were invented by the British scientist, George Adam, in the late 18th century. His lorgnette, with its cased lenses, caught on in London, and was far more appealing than the competing French scissor spectacles, which were associated with the revolutionary intellectuals of Paris.