The word aquamarine comes from the ancient Latin word meaning two hand fulls of sea water and when you hold this magnificent antique aquamarine necklace in the palm of your hand it will be so easy to see why this term was used.
Over the centuries, many gemstones have been heat treated to alter its colour and aquamarine is no exception to this. A natural fine quality aquamarine such as are set into this necklace has a natural blue-green colour, much like sea water and heat treating aquamarines removes the green colour leaving just the blue.
Again, this is a practice that has been done for quite literally centuries, so it is so exciting to find a necklace set with un-heat treated aquamarines.
Dating from the Edwardian period of the early 1900’s, this magnificent antique aquamarine necklace is set with the most stunning 6.55 carat aquamarine in the centre.
Then dropping down are two sets each with their own aquamarines, with the 2 larger ones totalling 4.20 carats and the 2 smaller ones totalling 0.30 carats in weight.
This style of necklace is called a negligee where there are two parts suspended often at different lengths as can be seen here.
Set into 9ct rose gold, the rose gold has that lovely warm colour that is so prize and desired by so many people for its wonderful warm colour.
Laid out from end to end, the necklace measures 40cm in length, and from the top of the central aquamarine to the bottom of the longest drop, it measures 5cm in length.
This is such a stunning Edwardian era antique aquamarine necklace that has the most wonderful and fantastic natural aquamarines that sits so perfectly on the neckline and is a real treasure.