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Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour Pearl Butterfly Pendant Necklace

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90-1-12378

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

Flutter, flutter. This fabulous Art Nouveau pendant creates its own butterfly effect. Sweeping curvilinear lines form the lovely shape of this striking insect, its Egyptian revival-styled wings colored with dusty rose, lemon yellow, and savoy blue transparent enamel (plique a jour). Circa 1900. Finely crafted in silver, it measures 2 by 3 1/4 inches (including the pearl dangle). Silver chain measures 19 inches.

Details

Materials:
Silver
Length:
3 1/4 Inch Center Red Dangle to Pearl
Width:
2 Inch
Height:
1/16 Inch
Chain Length:
19 Inch
Gram Weight:
13.4 Grams
Period:
Art Nouveau
Center Glass details
Cut/Shape:
Oval Cut
Color:
Yellowish Green
Measurements:
7.20-5.60 mm
Additional Details Additional Gem Details

1 Freshwater Pearl

Shape:
Feather
Measurements:
5.30-2.30 mm
Color:
White

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