Antique Victorian Renaissance Revival chain necklace and pendant. nnk yellow gold, diamonds, rubies, natural pearls and chrysoprase. Made & signed by Carlo and Arthur Giuliano, circa 1900 in London, England. In original, fitted box. <P><P>
Measurements: Chain alone is 15 1/4 inches (39cm) long; Pendant, not including the bale is a little over 2 inches long (5cm). Weight 17.2 grams. <P><P>
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Description: The chain necklace is made of small gold links alternating with spectacle set cabochon light green chrysoprase. Hook clasp, original to the necklace is typical of Victorian necklaces. The pendant is a large cross, the sides almost like wings. It is suspended from a large, gold bale that comfortably accommodates the wide chain. Openwork arms set with faceted rubies as well as a matching surmount and bottom in a trio of rubies. Central diamond flanked by large button natural pearls and the arms with Old Mine Cut diamond terminals. A large green chrysoprase pear shaped drop in sharp contrast to the rubies, but perfectly matching the chrysoprase chain. <P><P>
The Giulianos were famous for their Archaeological Revival jewelry in the same style as the Castellanis, who they worked with before moving to London. This necklace is made in the Renaissance Revival taste. <P><P>
Marks: All pieces are marked for Carlo and Arthur Giuliano, including the emobssing on the box. Gold carat is not marked. <P><P>
Condition: Very good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer. <P><P>
Geoffrey Munn and Charlotte Gere have a book called Artists' Jewellery Pre-Raphaelite to Arts and Crafts. On page72 they show a set of jewelry constructed identically to this necklace/pendant, also with rubies and chrysoprase (unmarked). The suite is from a collection owned by Constantine Ionides - a well-known member of the artistic community in London during the 19th century and faithful customer of the Giulianos.
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