Show-Stopper Aquamarine & Gold Necklace with Antique Gold Pendant
- This has to be my ultimate “wow” necklace. It looks like what it is…the real deal. Whenever I have made this design, in which the pendant is always different, clients have always told me how they have been stopped in the street (New York), in a museum (Boston) or even in a restaurant (New York and London). It is just one of those necklaces that turns heads.
- The central pendant is an antique Victorian, 15K gold locket in an oval shape with a domed centre and lovely wirework detailing the border. It has a glazed locket at the back. It is 4 cm wide by 3.5 cm high and 3 mm deep. It is a rich, warm yellow gold, what is often described as a target brooch (it has been altered from a brooch to a pendant). It is, undeniably a wonderful piece in itself.
- It hangs on a necklace of stunning faced cylinders of natural aquamarine that vary in size from 19.5 mm x 24 mm, down to 10 mm x 13 mm. They are all a brilliant aquamarine blue of the best quality. They are not translucent, but opaque, accentuating their aqua colouring.
- Aquamarine is the birthstone of March. The gemstone aquamarine is a blue/green member of the Beryl family (while emerald is a green member). Its name comes from the Latin word aqua, meaning water of the sea, as the crystal stone resembles the sparkling colour of water in the Mediterranean. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but can also be found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan and Mozambique.
- I have interspersed 18K, antique gold beads, made in Afghanistan, using their traditional techniques. These are quite rare beads. The two central gold bead are 20 mm. These have been etched in a hatched pattern. The two following gold beads (13.5 mm) have been gadrooned in a melon shape. The remaining two gold beads (12.6 mm) have been etched. The last two vintage Afghan beads (8.9 mm) are gold on silver on hardened resin.
- The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
- The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp. I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
- The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- Length 45 cm (17 3/4") with a 3 cm (1 1/4") pendant drop.