A wonderful and unique antique pearl, shell and garnet slide necklace from the Victorian era, c1850! The necklace is made of 14ct gold and features a natural pearl, rhodolite garnets and carved shell dangles. The artistic piece includes fine gold wirework, textured repousse detail, and a shaped leaf and shell design on each side. Five pretty purplish rose garnet gemstones decorate the front, each enclosed in bezel collet style settings with small claws folded over. A bow shaped single white natural non-nacreous pearl sits behind the wirework and garnets. The pearl exhibits a characteristic flame structure on the surface of the gem, when viewed under magnification. This wavy flame like structure is typically associated with the rare conch pearl that is produced by the Queen conch!
There is a small memorial hair locket at the back, adding further charm and mystic to this superb piece!
Suspended from below are two white carved tulip style shells, each with open wire caps and four smaller bezel-set garnets. A smooth foxtail link chain makes up the rest of the piece - the slider no longer slides through the tubes (one side appears to be soldered). A flange shaped corrugated hook style clasp secures the necklace together. No stamps are seen to the piece, however the piece tests to 14k gold or above.
An exquisite antique piece, a necklace which would easily suit today's fashion!