French Antique Silver Locket Style Saphiret Necklace
An incredible antique late Georgian / Victorian French necklace with a locket style pendant covered with hand set saphiret stones. The large oval shaped pendant swings from an engraved bow shape and bail also having saphiret stones. The necklace bears hallmarks indicating French origin.
The distinctive looking stone is made from adding gold to sapphire blue glass, creating a beautiful pinkish blue tone to the glass that really comes to life in light. The rarity of the stone comes from the use of gold in the making of saphiret. Using gold eventually became too expensive to manufacture, stopping the making of the stone. The more gold added, the pinker the hue.
- Materials: Sterling Silver
- Gemstones: Saphiret
- Measurements: 2 3/4 inches long from the bail to the base of the pendant, sterling chain is 17 inches...a later addition
- Weight: 17.6 grams