Arts & Crafts Hungarian Sterling Gilt, Enamel, Pearl & Coral Necklace
An incredible Hungarian necklace from the Arts & Crafts period (ca1900)! This artistic piece is made of gilded sterling and comprised of an elaborate coral pendant that hangs from a complimentary chain. Resting at the center of the pendant is a coral cabochon, which is held in a bezel setting and surrounded by a richly enameled border. The filigree work on the outside of the piece is incredibly ornate, and is detailed with swirled wirework, small enameled flowers, delicate natural pearls, and strands of delicate coral beads. The back of the piece displays an elaborate open wirework design that is representative of a traditional Hungarian style from the Arts & Crafts era. The pendant hangs from a matching chain made of swirled gilt links decorated with natural pearls and a flower motif. At the back of the piece, the necklace fastens together with a hidden push clasp. This well-crafted necklace is exemplary of both its era and Hungarian origin. A magnificent piece, it would make a special addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 18 1/4" long from end to end. The center pendant hangs 2" long, is 1 1/2" at the widest point, and approximately 5/8" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling gilt setting. All of the pearls and coral beads are intact and the clasp is intact and in good working condition.