We have similar Chinese and Art Deco items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A.
Age Circa : Art Deco C. Gram Weight : 11.8 grams. 925 sterling silver with a yellow gold wash. Length: 2.64 mm to 3.07 mm.Width: 2.36 mm to 3.11 mm. Color: opaque blue-green blue with black striations, opaque light aqua-green hue with brown striations. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts : Tumbled and polished beads.
Chain width: 3.19 mm. Pendant measurements : 1.18" length, 0.62" width. Closure/Clasp Type: Standard bale, spring ring clasp.
Link Type: Fancy cable link chain. Handmade during the Art Deco era in China. Chinese export jewelry was highly sought after by the aristocracy of the Art Deco era. The pendant features the motif of a small house, adorned with filigree designs that were bent by hand into floral motifs.
The house's roof showcases hand-applied Guilloche enamel in colorful pink, sky blue, and cobalt blue hues. Lovely Chinese turquoise stones dangle from the house motif, their blue-green and aqua-green hues complementing the blue hues of the enamel.
The pendant is strung on a fancy cable link chain completed with a spring ring clasp for secure wear. When worn, the necklace dangles down the chest to rest against the bustline at a matinee length. There is minor wear and scratches to the Guilloche enamel in some areas, which does not affect wear and is not immediately noticeable when worn.
This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period.Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s.
During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now.Chinese turquoise is considered a very valuable stone by the Chinese, second only to jade. In fact, Chinese Turquoise was often used to supplement or replace jade. Chinese turquoise was highly prized for its rarity and gorgeous, bright blue hues. Stones that exhibit a spiderweb matrix are quite rare and deeply coveted. The Guilloche method of enameling starts with an etched metal base, usually a highly intricate and repeating geometrical pattern, that is then finished with a translucent to semi-translucent enamel to highlight the carved details underneath to show through and add a metallic luster to the piece. Originally Guilloche bases were hand carved, but that changed during the 18th century with the invention of turn engine machinery that could carve metal patterns. In modern times, the definition of Guilloche became a blanket term for various methods of surface alteration; engraved, printed, or otherwise created. It also came to incorporate carvings which were not necessarily repetitive or geometric.
A famous example of this style was explored by Peter Carl Faberge on his eggs during the 19th century. Cartier, Boucheron, and Tiffany all followed suit, creating stunning pieces which are still in high demand today.
The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Gold Wash Chinese Turquoise Necklace 11.8g" is in sale since Saturday, February 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.