Vienna Secession Plaque de Cou Natural Pearl and Diamond Barrette
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Although you might be tempted to set this beautiful objet d' art on a small pedestal in your favorite curio cabinet, the best way to show it off is on your lovely locks (we converted it from a brooch). The frame of this extraordinary Vienna Secessionist (essentially Austrian Art Nouveau) openwork plaque de cou* (pardon our French) twinkles at its corners with glimmering rose-cut diamonds and surrounds gracefully entwined flowering vines accented with European and rose-cut diamonds, and luminous white natural pearls. You are its perfect pedestal. Circa 1872-1922, Austria. Total diamond weight, 1.60 carats. Hand fabricated in silver over 14K gold, it measures 2 1/4 by 1 3/4 inches. *Courtesy of AJU (Antique Jewelry University) Plaque de cou (from French: plaque = badge/plaque, cou = neck) ascribed to a central rectangular ornament, usually jeweled, that forms the integral decorative element in a collier de chien or dog collar necklace. Popular from late 17th through early 20th century, the plaque can sit atop a ribbon or be held in place by multiple rows of small pearls or other beads.