Buccellati Style 18k Italian Grapevine Necklace
Now this is one beautiful necklace! Fully hallmarked, twice on the leaves and once on the clasp, we can be certain it is solid 18k gold and was made in Naples, Italy. In doing my research I came across a few equally exquisite necklaces that represented a very similar design motif. The only difference: they were made by Buccellati! And as would be expected, their price tags certainly reflected that minor difference!
This piece, although not by Buccellati, was made in a similar manner with its intricately articulated parts and extremely fine details. Each of the 7 leaves are connected to one another by way of a discreetly placed rivet that allows for full fluid movement. The surface of the leaves feature naturalistic, raised lines that create a surprisingly realistic texture while the twirling tendrils of grape vine adds to the delicate form and is an utterly beautiful detail. The three central leaves are enhanced further with the addition of two small glittering diamonds each, for an approximate total weight of .06ct...not too much and not too little. The balance of the necklace is a simple bar link chain which deliberately mimics the "vine" as seen between the leaves...a smart and stylish design choice! The closure is a sleek and easy to use "S" hook which displays a small "750" hallmark at the center. The overall length from end to end is 17 -1/8". The central portion of the necklace measures 6-1/4" to include the vine that extends slightly beyond each of the outermost leaves. This necklace has an absolutely timeless appeal and due to its superior craftsmanship has the potential to be worn and loved for many, many years! To conclude, it's a simply stunning piece of fine jewelry that's sure to please!