18K & Silver French Victorian Diamond Floral Black Enamel Choker Necklace 14.5" with Chain Extender
An ethereal and stunning French Victorian c.1840-1860 floral black enamel and diamond choker necklace, modelled in 18k gold and silver and hallmarked.
The choker necklace features a gold central plaque with breathtaking enamel work in black enamel, in the form of floral and foliate engravings. It has a pinch collet setting rose cut diamond in the middle 0.45ct, and further suspended with a dangle drop. The dangle has a table cut diamond 0.35ct, also in pinch collet setting, with a total weight of approx. 0.80ctw by spread.
The necklace has beautiful book chain style link in the front, and curb chain style link on the back. This is all original to the necklace, with no modifications made. It was originally made this way, as the curb chain at the back would mean a more comfortable fit when worn as a choker, so the neck can bend and move with ease. We can ascertain this by observing the points of connection for later added solder marks - we do not find any, indicating that this piece is an all-original.
It is hallmarked with the French eagle head hallmark for 18k gold on the clasp and end of the chain. The entire necklace is made in 18k gold, and only the pinch collet settings with the diamonds are in silver.
It measures a choker length of 14.5", and weighs 9.51 grams.
If you need a longer length, this listing includes 2 matching 14k gold curb chain extenders in 1” and 2” length. You can also hook both the 1” and 2” chain extenders up for a maximum length extension of 3”. We will include them free of charge with the necklace.
Note: There is slight enamel wear at the bottom of the central plaque appropriate to its age. This is very minimal and not noticeable when worn due to the floral design.
Please note that as the diamonds are foiled, it is advisable that the piece does not get wet or exposed to water. It can be gently cleaned by wiping it down with a wrung out damp cloth.
Era - Victorian c.1840-1860
Materials - 18k gold and silver / Rose Cut Diamond / Table Cut Diamond
Carat Weight - Diamond: 0.80ctw by spread
Measurements - Central Plaque: 28mm x 17mm height / Dangle: 10mm x 12mm height / Front Chain Width: mm height / Book Link: 4.2mm width / Curb Link: 1.9mm width
Length - 14.5" with 1.28" drop