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Edwardian Blue Enamel Pearl Necklace by Henry Blank

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90-3-11344

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

We've seen many pendant watches in this distinctive style (think Faberge-esque), but this is the very first lavalière necklace we've come across. Artfully hand fabricated in platinum around the turn-of-the-last-century by Henry Blank & Company*. The graceful Frenchy design is colored with blue guilloche enamel enhanced with small sparkling diamonds and a pair of lustrous freshwater pearls. The pendant measures 1 7/8 inches and suspends from a matching 14-inch chain. Elegant and stunning.

*From the January 2006 issue of Antiques Magazine. Like most nineteenth- and early twentieth-century jewelry manufacturers in Newark, New Jersey, Henry Blank and Company until recently had been long forgotten. However, it was one of the largest and most successful Newark firms from the 1890s until well after World War II. The finest jewelry retailers sold first its jewelry and subsequently its watches. Beginning about 1910 the company’s specialty was women’s jeweled wristwatches, examples of which are most often seen on the market today. The company also made women’s pendant, chatelaine, and purse style watches as well as men’s wrist- and pocket watches.

Details

Materials:
Platinum, 18 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
2 Inch
Width:
5/8 Inch
Chain Length:
15 1/4 Inch total Length
Gram Weight:
10.3 Grams
Period:
Edwardian
Gemstone Details Gemstone Details

5 European Cut Diamonds

Carat Weight:
0.20 carat Because mountings prohibit full and accurate observation of gem quality and weight, all data pertaining to mounted gems can be considered as approximate unless accompanied by an independent laboratory certificate (AGL, EGL, GIA). Unless otherwise stated, all colored stones and pearls are assumed to be subject to a relatively stable and possibly undetected color and/or clarity enhancement.
Measurements:
2.00-2.60 mm
Color:
G-H-I
Clarity:
VS
Total Diamond Carat Weight:
0.20

2 Natural Pearls

Shape:
Baroque, Button
Measurements:
4.50-6.00 mm
Color:
Light Cream

About Edwardian Jewelry

Edwardians took the dark beauty of Victorian jewelry and dyed it platinum blonde. Light and airy filigree, worked with intricate millegrain and detailed designs in that durable metal, was liberally set with the “white” stones—pearls and diamonds chief among them. The Victorians’ sense of whimsy and beloved yellow gold didn’t disappear completely, though, even as the Edwardian era made way for the further-streamlined Art Deco.

Jewelry Care

As with anything of value, especially sentimental value, taking good care of your vintage and antique jewelry from Lang will enhance its beauty and extend its lifespan. We encourage you to have your jewelry checked and cleaned by us or by your trusted local jeweler every six months, to ensure that each piece is in good wearable condition with all gemstones in place. It’s not uncommon for stones to loosen over time, and it’s much easier to tighten a loose stone than to replace a lost one! As stated in our Repair Policy, we strongly recommend that you allow us to perform any repairs, since our jewelers are specialists in restoring vintage and antique jewelry.

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