Early Victorian Rose Cut Diamond 14K Gold and Silver Flower Necklace
This rose cut diamond flower necklace is a lovely Early Victorian era piece that dates to the 1860s. It was converted from a brooch by carefully removing the pin stem and attaching a chain to the flower petal ends.
The flower features 22 small rose cut diamonds ranging in size from 1mm to 2.5mm. The pendant portion of the necklace is an extending stem with two thin leaves curling upwards towards a daisy-like flower. The flower has a larger central rose cut diamond which is colett set (approximately 5 mm) with vibrating luminous petals, each with a set diamond. There are approximately 1.25 carats of antique rose cut diamonds in the piece.
The setting of the diamonds is antique, and slightly irregular looking because they are surrounded by the silver which adds a special hand-made quality and patina to the necklace . The necklace has a 14 karat gold back and a silver front, which is common for jewelry pieces of this era. On the back is a makers mark from The Netherlands of a sword; a standard mark which was used for objects designated for import beginning in 1853.
The flower measures 1 1/2 inches by a 1/4 of an inch and is attached to a 14 karat gold chain that is 17.5 inches in length. Weighs 6.8 grams. Its feminine curve and sparkling diamonds make it a perfect necklace for a special evening or for every day wear.