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Finding necklaces in mint condition from the 19th century is becoming harder and harder; rare pieces from the Austinian period are nearly impossible, in fact, I’ve never had a maltese necklace before.

With 30 elements total, and 33 individually cut, hand beveled and then bezeled onyx stones, this very fine necklace would have been worn to church on Sundays and for any and all religious moments in a young woman’s life. With a 14” wearing length, and a total length of 21”, I imagine this necklace would have been the perfect candidate for a movie or film usage as it is all original to the period.


Materials & Features: onyx, 9k gold

Age/Origin: c. 1820, English

Measurements: 11.2 grams, 21" in total length

Condition: Excellent condition. 

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.

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