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14K Gold Vintage UnoAErre Blue Plique-à-Jour Chain


This 14k gold vintage Italian necklace has stations of delicate blue plique-à-jour beautifully situated between segments of baby curb link chain. “Plique-à-jour” translates from French as “braid letting in daylight” and is a charming technique used in European jewelry throughout the 20th century. In this necklace, blue enamel is suspended in 14k gold links, which attach to tiny bails on each end. The effect is a repeating motif of color and texture that looks beautiful on the neckline. 

UnoAErre is the oldest gold factory in Arezzo, Italy—one of the gold making capitols of the world. They were given the trademark 1AR in 1934, and from then on were known as UnoAErre, “the first in Arezzo.” They have famously high standards for quality, design, and sustainability.

The chain is 24” long and weighs 4.6 grams. Each station is 2” apart, and the 8 plique-à-jour links are approximately 3/4” long, including the gold bails on each end. The chain contains the signatures for UnoAErre, and is marked as Italian and 14k gold. 

Circa 1980’s. 

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