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Emerald and Diamond Cluster Necklace


This regal necklace dates from the early to mid-19th century, when jewelers encircled precious colored stones in halos of fiery old mine-cut diamonds to create stunning jewels for glamorous occasions. The contrast of the emerald’s satin green with the sparkling reflections and spectral effects of the hand-cut, collet-set diamonds makes for a visually fascinating combination in clusters. Set in perfectly proportioned links, this superbly crafted necklace is a rare, beautifully-matched collection of emeralds and diamonds that ornament the neckline.

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Item #: N-18079
Country: England
Circa: 1850
Size: 17” length
Materials: 14 Cushion-cut emeralds (approximate total weight 20.50 carats); 140 Old mine-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 24.00 carats); Silver; 15K Gold; Together with signed, fitted antique box

The gems on this necklace are all delicately collet-set. This labor-intensive form of mounting was an important advance in the development of the modern jeweler’s art and mission: to realize gemstones’ full beauty by maximizing their interaction with light.