Art Nouveau Sterling Rainbow Moonstone Chain Necklace 25"
According to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), moonstones are members of the feldspar family of minerals, specifically the orthoclase group. Moonstones exhibit a phenomenon called adularescence, which is when light hits the stone, it appears to billow across the surface, displaying an incredible glowing appearance. Labradorite is another species of the feldspar family that can also exhibit adularescence, and one variety is known in the trade as a rainbow moonstone. This Madagascar-mined stones display a multicolored adularescence over a light body color, and despite its name, rainbow moonstones are actually a variety of labradorite rather than orthoclase. These gorgeous stones closely resemble real moonstones and have been showcased in jewelry throughout the ages.
A gorgeous and unusual rainbow moonstone chain from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! Crafted in sterling silver this flowing necklace is comprised of rainbow moonstones, separated by sections of delicate chain. The faceted stones are bezel set and rest in a smooth eyeglass setting, allowing the light to pass through and showcase their beautiful glowing appearance with every turn. The silver setting displays a natural darkened patina, which pairs perfectly with the eye-catching stones. The chain does not have a clasp, but can slip easily on and off overhead, and rests delicately below the neckline for a lovely feminine appeal. A classically beautiful necklace, it would make a wonderful piece to wear everyday or for special occasions!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 25" in length. Each rainbow moonstone setting measures slightly less than 1/4" in diameter and is about 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. All of the rainbow moonstones are intact and securely set.