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Montana Sapphire, Seed Pearl and Diamond Garland Necklace


Designed around 1900, this American Art Nouveau necklace features Montana sapphires, seed pearls and diamonds. Designed as a central pendant of sapphires suspending a diamond, the necklace is completed by triple swags of trace link chain highlighted by sapphires, seed pearls and diamonds. With plentiful blue sapphire sparkle set off by creamy pearls, and punctuated by bright little diamond melee, this delicate but gemmy necklace is light and graceful.


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Item #: N-20098
Circa: 1900
Size: 15.50” length
Materials: 19 round-cut Montana sapphires (measuring approximately 1.90 - 4.85 mm, approximate total weight 3.00 carats);  3 old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.45 carat); 21 freshwater pearls; 18K Gold

Brilliant blue Montana sapphires were discovered in the Yogo Gulch, Montana, in 1895. Miners sent  a little package of the blue pebbles for inspection to Tiffany & Co. in New York, just to be sure. During the first decades of the century, the small but punchy American gems became a favorite of many New York jewelers, including Louis Tiffany, who paired them with billowy blue moonstones. Unlike sapphires from other regions, whose hue alters with the composition of incident light, Montana sapphires’ bright, metallic blue tends to remain constant throughout the day, as well as under lamplight.