Authentic 18K solid gold necklace Belle Époque fancy chain Hallmarks
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We have dated the creation of this gorgeous necklace during the Belle Époque era.
The Belle Epoque is a period which slightly predated the Art Nouveau and the Edwardian eras. That movement took place between the 1910s and the 1930s, and launched a totally different aesthetic sensitivity from the earlier Victorian era.
The times were for optimism, peace and global economic prosperity. It produced many artistic masterpieces, particularly in Paris (literature, music and the visual art forms)
This quality fine jewelry piece is a clear representation of this fascinating period which was named "in retrospect when it began to be considered a "Golden Age" in contrast to the horrors of World War I."
This beautiful Belle Époque necklace is composed of several fancy 18K solid gold bright yellow filigree links. 4 of the larger ones measure approximately 16mm and are ~4mm thick. 4 other smaller medallion links measure approximately 14mm. All those beautiful links are connected together by a sturdy and elegant chain alternating long and oval filigree links in a gorgeous pattern. The necklace is fully hallmarked and in excellent vintage condition. It is suitable for all occasions ranging from casual to formal.
Genuine jewelry from this period is getting more and more difficult to find and yet, its popularity to-day is increasing. If you come across a piece of authentic jewelry which strikes your fancy, you should not hesitate. Inventory will not increase and everyone is looking for that one-of-a-kind authentic piece.
Material: 18K solid gold, stamped gold
Size: 47.5cm + 6cm safety chain (18 1/2" + 20 1/5")
Period: Belle Époque (1990s), Art Nouveau, Edwardian (1910s-20s)
Style: necklace, fancy chain
Provenance: an estate sale in France
Additional remarks: stamped twice with the French assay marks. Also tested for metal purity in our lab.
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*Information on gold jewelry:
- 24K gold is pure gold. (it is not really used in jewellery because it is too soft and not practical for daily wear.)
-18K gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold. This level of fineness is used extensively in French and Italian jewelry and in most quality pieces)
-14K gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold. (It is used extensively in the US)
-12K gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
-10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10K gold is the minimum standard that can be called "gold" in the United States.
Antique jewelry and rare items often contain the lower level of fineness, but their value is based on a myriad of other factors.