Lovely Belle Époque Cushion Cut Diamond Necklace
It doesn't get much better than this! Especially if you are looking for something that is beautiful, antique, elegant and timeless. This necklace (converted from a brooch) dates from the Belle Époque, circa 1900, which literally translates to mean "beautiful era". Indeed, much of the jewelry from that period in history is quite beautiful with typically feminine motifs like bows and elegantly trailing ribbons. This particular necklace displays those motifs in combination with small natural seed pearls and four outstanding Old Mine cut diamonds. The ribbon portion of the necklace was designed in such a way that it appears to be fluid, very nearly convincing you that it is an actual ribbon of gold loosely tied with pretty loops on either end. The seed pearls that cover the ribbon are graduated in size, fitting the tapered widths to perfection. This detail is worth taking a moment to look at closely! Most notably, see the inner portion of each loop and the teeny tiny pearls that fit into place on the tip ends of each bow. The workmanship and attention to detail is just fantastic! And to add even more beauty to this extraordinary piece there are the four twinkling diamonds! The two that are nestled into each bow are cushion cuts each weighing approximately 1/3 of a carat. They each have wonderful Old Mine cut characteristics such as a relatively high crown and faceted culet. The two diamonds that are suspended from the central chain detail are Old Mine cuts as well, only slightly more round and set open-back encased in a deep, 14k bezel. Altogether the four diamonds total approximately 1.50cts. The full width of the ribbon from side to side is 2-1/8". The drop length from the top of the central dip in the ribbon to the bottom of the lowest dangling diamond is approximately 3/4". The chain is 14k and measures 8" on each side giving the entire necklace a length of approximately 18". And I will be more than happy to adjust the length up or down to suit your taste.