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Moonstone is unlike any other gemstone that has been prized for centuriesand is often a milky white colour with a soft blue tone running through it, as well as having a wonderful visual phenomenon called adularescence, which is best described as a glow from below the surface, giving the impression of moonlight floating on water- hence its name, and here is a very attractive and elegant antique moonstone fringe necklace dating from the 1890's. Set in a hand made setting in 9 carat gold, there are eleven pieces of moonstone running across the top with seven hanging below with a final tear shaped drop piece at the bottom. The quality of these moonstones is superb as often moonstone today has many inclusions in them, whereas these not only have the most beautiful colour but are so clean that will make it be appreciated even more. Measuring 47cm from end to end allows this necklace to sit just perfectly on the neckline with a beautiful fluid movement to it. The design combined with the colour from all of the moonstones make it so elegant and this is a piece of jewellery that will look so good during the day and just as beautiful in the evening when worn for that special occasion. Jewellery from the late Victorian era when this was made, always seems to capture the imagination and take you back to a wonderful bygone era, and this is a piece that will always be admired and appreciated for its beauty and elegance. Stock# ES8534 Circa: 1890 $Sold.
Made in the Victorian era, here is an exceptional quality antique moonstone collar dating from the 1870's, that not only has incredibly large pieces of moonstone, but all are of the finest quality and unlike so much of what is on the market today. Moonstone is a very unique gemstone and is often a milky white colour with a soft blue tone running through it, as well as having a wonderful visual phenomenon called adularescence, which is best described as a glow from below the surface,Â giving the impression of moonlight floating on water- hence its name. This incredible collar is set with twenty two pieces of moonstone that graduate in size perfectly. The "smaller" pieces at the end measure around 9.8mm by 10.7mm and graduate elegantly to the largest one in the centre which measures 17mm by 13.6mm. Smallest is put in brackets as even the smallest pieces are much larger than what is found in moonstone necklaces today let alone even other antique moonstone pieces of jewellery. And then there is the superb quality of the moonstone themselves which are all perfectly matched. Moonstone today is often found without the wonderful adularescence or shimmer that plays throughout the stone and far more often than not, without the gorgeous subtle yet important blueish hue emanating from the stone, and each and every one of these pieces of moonstone display this. Hand made in 15 carat gold, the collar has a soft curve to it that allows it to sit perfectly on the neckline and measures 39cm in length. Even the individual setting of the moonstones is lovely to admire, as the claw seem to climb up to securely hold each of the stones. From near or far, this antique collar will always noted for its graceful beauty and elegance and is of exceptional quality and perfect for any collector of fine Victorian jewellery. Stock# ES8322 Circa: 1870 $Sold.