The versatility of this exceptional set of French pearl and black enamel parure reminds us of the ingenuity of 19th century craftspersonship. The two substantial gold cuffs centered on massive pearl medallions can be connected together to form a fully articulated golden collar. The stunning simple black enamel and pearl earrings boast pointed arabesques and center on delicious cultured pearls. The brooch features yet another blooming pearl cluster reminiscent of an Indian mandala, which harkens to the Eastern influence felt strongly in French bijouterie of the mid 19th century. Other elements of “Oriental” design enjoy homage in this outstanding set. Fit for a duchess.
Materials and Features:
18ct gold, pearl, black enamel
Circa 1860, French
Box labeled “PARIS r. Neuve des Petits Champs 51.” “BOSSON” “Joaillier Bijoutier, 17 r St Ferreol” “MARSEILLE”
Brooch 14.10 grams
Earrings both 6.07 grams, about 3.03 grams each
Bracelets 32.17 grams and 32.30 grams
Brooch 38mm x 43mm
Earrings 26mm x 22mm including hooks
Bracelets wearable at 7.25”, 39 mm wide in center
Condition: Note that both bracelets have some minor denting to the gold. All pearls appear to be natural save the central pearls in the earrings and brooch, which are cultured. Overall, the pearls and black enamel are in excellent shape. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.