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Victorian 14K Gold, Pearl and Onyx Festoon Necklace

$1,350.00 / Sold Out

The word festoon comes from the Latin word festo, which means celebration or feast, and refers to a wreath or garland. During the Neoclassical period, festoons became a popular and lasting motif in jewelry as well as architecture. This classic Victorian Era example is wrought in 14k gold, adorned with pearls and black onyx. The necklace is draped with graceful gold swags punctuated by dancing pearl drops. The somber, detailed centerpiece of bezel set black onyx and seed pearls is a contrast to the festive spirit of the festoon motif. Delicate, ornate and alive with contradictions, we think this piece is quintessentially Victorian.

In excellent vintage condition, the necklace measures 17 3/4”. There is another jump ring in the chain that allows for the necklace to be worn at 16". The festoon drops are ¾” each, and the center pendant is 2" long by 7/8" at its widest. Hallmarked 14k gold on chain and pendant. The piece weighs 10.9 grams.