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Sapphire and Garnet Négligée Necklace


This is colorful European Belle Époque négligée necklace, dating from 1905, is set with diamonds and over fifteen carats of colored gems, comprising a blue sapphire, yellow sapphire and a red garnet. Completed by delicate platinum trace links, the necklace centers a cushion-shaped garnet suspending an oval-cut blue sapphire and cushion-shaped yellow sapphire, all joined by delicate criss-crossing old mine and rose-cut diamond elements. Light, graceful and comfortable on the neck, this jewel is a sophisticated combination of bold color, sparkling little diamonds and delicate platinum work.


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Item #: N-18514
Circa: 1905
Size: 18.25” length (necklace); 2" length (first pendant); 1.5" length (second pendant)
Materials: Cushion-shape red garnet (weighing approximately 5.50 carats); Oval blue sapphire (weighing approximately 5.75 carats); Oval cushion-shape yellow-orange sapphire (weighing approximately 5.50 carat); Rose-cut and old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 1.30 carats); 14K Gold; Platinum; Together with original signed box for Peter Rath, München (Munich jewelry store)

A popular form in the Belle Époque, the négligée necklace was inspired by 18th century French Ancien Regime jewelry. The name "négligée" derives from the form’s asymmetrical pendants, which convey a sense of careless, natural elegance, and style.