Age Circa : Vintage Art Deco style. Markings : "Silver" on the clasp. "MMA" on the back of the pendant, tested, and guaranteed.Country of Origin : United States. Brand : Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gram Weight : 41.7 grams. 925 sterling silver with a yellow gold wash. Color: semi-translucent bright green hue with lighter green inclusions. Color: semi-translucent deep pink hue with lighter and darker pink inclusions. 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 : Square cushion cut emerald, round cabochon cut ruby. Chain width : 2.83 mm. Pendant measurements : 2.09" length including bale, 1.80" width, 0.46 depth.
Closure/Clasp Type: Box clasp, standard bale. Handmade in the style of the Art Deco era by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Made in the style of Chinese export jewelry.
Features a huge pendant with a central floral motif adorned with a large emerald. The emerald showcases a square cushion cut for lovely sparkle, as well as a deep green hue with lighter green inclusions. The large bale is adorned with a ruby stone, its deep pink hue contrasting beautifully with the emerald. The pendant is strung on a foxtail chain completed with a box clasp, which is decorated with a filigree floral motif.
When worn, the necklace rests against the décolletage on most people. There is wear to the yellow gold wash over sterling silver in some places, revealing the sterling silver underneath; this does not affect wear.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 stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world. They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones, and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to.
Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework. The emerald is one of the four precious gemstones, along with diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.Emeralds are gorgeous green stones that have been valued by many cultures since ancient times, and have long been associated with royalty and religious status. There are recordings from 5500 years ago praising the Egyptian emerald mines; emeralds were purportedly the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra. The emerald was highly prized by the Aztec and Inca for ritual purposes, and the mines in Colombia were plundered by Cortez and his Spanish explorers when they came to the New World in the 16th Century. Emeralds are usually highly included, which means they are not very resistant to breakage. Emeralds are graded on color, clarity, cut, and carat weight with color being by far the most important criteria followed closely by clarity. Rubies are one of the four precious gemstones and are prized for their pink to blood red colors. The most valued hue of ruby is called blood-red, or pigeon blood, for the bright, rich hue it exhibits. The color of a ruby comes from the element chromium. Rubies have adorned royal and religious jewelry for centuries and were especially esteemed in Asian countries like China and India, where they were thought to bring good fortune. Rubies are graded by color, clarity, cut, and carat. Rubies are often also evaluated based on their geographic origin. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Style Sterling Silver Gold Wash Chinese Ruby Necklace 41.7g" is in sale since Sunday, June 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.