1920s Art Deco Austro Hungarian Guilloche Enamel Silver Pendant Necklace
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Enameling is dense and vibrant with minor spots of thinning and wear to white enamel along outer border.
* Chain is not original to the pendant (and can be removed).
* Clasp is secure and original to chain.
* Bale is secure and original to pendant.
Era 1910s - 1922
Length 17 3/4" chain, 1 1/2" pendant including bale
Width 1 1/8"
Mark See photo (Austro Hungarian mark prior to 1922
Weight 9 grams
Material 900 silver pendant, sterling silver chain.
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Finely detailed with striking designs that are lit up by the vivid green enameling.
* Metal work was executed to look like marcasites but they are tiny raised silver brads.
* Full-sized silhouette for a pendant, this piece is thin, with a dense and quality weight and feel in your hand.
On Enameling. There are several different styles of enameling: guilloche (colored, transparent enamel over a metal surface with geometric grooves), champlevé (enamel fills etchings or depressions in a metal surface), plique a jour (translucent enamel fitted into open-back metal cells) and more. What makes antique or vintage enamel pieces collectible is the condition of the enamel work-is it distinct and vibrant? Is it free from chips? Other characteristics like an elaborate pattern, unique depiction, or the use of multiple colors can add more value to an enamel pieces.
On Color. Color plays a key role in jewelry design and in turn its collectability. Whether natural stones or glass, what exact hue of blue was used, or the combination of colors can tell you what time period a piece was made. Certain shades can be more common during a particular decade, making that piece of jewelry a classic example of the period - or - conversely a vibrant and unique shade might make it quite rare.