Castellani developed a method to alter new gold to have the same tone and patina as age-old pieces. Upon the discovery of the Regolini-Galassi burial chamber in 1836, the papal authorities commissioned Castellani as a jewelry expert and advisor. The tomb included a well-preserved collection of Etruscan jewelry. Castellani, instead of cutting, engraving, or manipulating gold, discovered that the Etruscans used a technique called granulation, which involved adding small dots of gold to the jewelry's surface to create designs. This example features a more advanced use of that technique, making it the look, rather than complementing it.
An all original, possibly Castellani contemporary, example with an extremely rare Etruscan revival chain, this necklace is a near-pristine example, with a rare clasp, and featuring garland fringe with luscious pearls throughout.
Materials and Features: 15k gold, pearl
Age/Origin: Archaeological Revival, Etruscan Revival
Measurements: 18 grams, 16" length
marks: Hallmarked 15k
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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