French Gold and Pearl Necklace, c.1940s
18 Carat Yellow Gold
Delicate ornamental work created from a thin wire of metal and fashioned into an ornate or fanciful design.
A term used to describe a gemstone that has not been subject to any treatment, such as heat treatment.
A term used to describe an item that is approximately 50-100 years old but not an antique.
A gemstone and an organic substance. Pearls have been coveted through the ages for their beauty as symbols of wealth and status. Pearl formation process begins when a foreign body enters a mollusk (usually an oyster or mussel) and is coated with nacre as a natural defense. The natural pearl market declined after 1900, and today 99% of pearls are cultured and are grown around the world in saltwater oysters and freshwater mussels. Read more
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