Victorian Sterling Silver Natural Amethyst Festoon Swag Clover Necklace
While this late Victorian necklace has delicate looking components, when they are composed and brought together, the curvy silhouette becomes feminine and dramatic. Natural amethyst stones with bright clarity and rich violet color have domed surfaces that gleam in full sizes. Sterling pendants are flat at the back so the necklace lays flush with a draping, tactile feel as the chains sway and swing along your neck. This movement is emphasized in the single drop at the bottom, a clover, with its fourth leaf offering good luck.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking, it must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the soft signs of wear are noticeable only on inspection.
* The silver setting is fresh looking and bright with little surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots.
* The amethyst stones are all in place and look original with a high sheen and no chipping or surface wear.
* The festoon design is intact and symmetrical and all of the components are original.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Width 2 3/8" at widest point
Mark "sterling" at the back of the pendant
Clasp Secure, and original.
Weight 20 grams
Period 1900 - 1910s
Material Sterling silver, natural amethysts.
Collector Note On the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Arts and Crafts period emerged at the turn of the century as a reaction against the industry and machinery that had begun to infiltrate culture, arts, and design. Proponents of the Arts and Crafts Movement argued true art and true craftsmanship must be done by an artisan, not by a machine or by an assembly line of people. They believed that the original creative endeavor of an individual artisan would bring its own distinct pleasure, not only to the working class makers but to the person wearing it.
On Large Size. Antique and vintage styles that are typically seen in small or modest sizes get dramatic attention when they're found in large, oversized, or bold pieces. These larger versions increase the collectability of a piece.