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The Aesthetic movement, concerned with “art for art’s sake,” began in Britain around the 1870s and became recognized by designers and artists worldwide. Stylistically, the jewelry of this time period did not resemble its earlier Victorian counterparts. In fact, it was in complete opposition to what preceded it. Gone were the mourning jewelry, heavy brooches, and large necklaces. Jewelry was smaller, lighter, and more dainty.

For instance, a swage chain, like this one, has been drawn through a die to decrease the diameter and condense the links of the chain, allowing it to significantly alter the chain style. For example, herringbone and serpentine chains start out as double cable or curb chains that are re-shaped through swaging.

This dainty and timeless example features coral, symbolizing wisdom and happiness, and pearl, symbolizing long life and fertility, both making an attractive couple. The contrast throughout this chain is like no other and would make a great addition to ay neck stack or collection. 


Materials ad Features: 14k coral, pearl

Age/Origin: English, c. 1880

Measurements: 15.4 grams, 13.5"

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age wear associated. 

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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