Art Nouveau French .900 Silver Plique-a-Jour Amethyst + Mississippi River Pearl Festoon Necklace
"Plique A Jour" is a French term that means "braid letting in daylight". The term refers to the technique in which enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing. This allows light to shine through the transparent or translucent enamel and form a beautiful stained glass-like appearance.
A breathtaking necklace from the Art Nouveau (ca1920s) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this necklace features wonderfully layered chains to create an intriguing design. Triangular frames house beautiful dusty lavender-colored plique-a-jour, enhanced with lovely purple amethyst cabochons. Dainty natural pearls top smaller plique-a-jour ovals, and a teardrop-shaped plique houses a matching pearl Two Mississippi River pearls dangle, one below the teardrop and the other from the two central festoon chains. The necklace secures with a spring ring and the backside of two triangles are marked with "DEPOSE 900". This necklace is a lovely example of plique work, and would make a wonderful addition to any amethyst lover's collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures 15 3/4" in length. The festoon hangs 2 3/4" long.
Condition: The necklace is in very good condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. There is a natural patina on the silver, typical of antique silver jewelry. The plique is intact and free of chips and scratches. The amethyst stones and pearls are all intact and securely set. There is a minor split in the spring ring, but this does not impact the security of the piece.