Antique Edwardian fire opal suite of jewelry consisting of necklace, bracelet and long dangle earrings. Fire opals, silver, 10k and 14k gold and paste. Made in England, circa 1902-1907. <P><P>
Measurements: Necklace is approximately 19 1/2 inches (49cm) long with a drop of approximately 2inches (5cm). Necklace alone weighs 29.7grams. Bracelet approximately 6 3/4 inches (17cm) long. Bracelet weighs 16 grams. Earrings are a little over 2 inches (5.5cm) long. Earrings weigh 8.4 grams. Largest fire opal is approximately 17mm long. <P><P>
Fit for a queen: Stunning antique Edwardian suite of jewelry.
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As was typical of the day, stones were set in silver-topped gold to show off their brilliance to greater advantage in gas light. Brilliant and bright fire opals cut as ovals and octagons. Highlighted with tiny paste accents. Each piece is superb and having the full set is a rare opportunity. Bracelet with gold safety chain. Replaced wires on earrings make these amazing pendant earrings easy to insert and comfortable to wear. Clasps are tongue in groove and in good secure order. The necklace was slightly elongated by the addition of a gold chain at the back. <P><P>
Comes in original, fitted box of A. Marx & Co., London with Royal Warrant. The Royal warrant mark shows the Royal coat of arms and has the crowns of the King and Queen, Edward and Alexandra, who would have gone shopping in this very store. <P><P>
Marks: no marks on jewelry, as is to be expected of items of this age. We acid tested the metal. Gold backing the silver and original to the set is 10k. The replaced ear wires and chain addition to the necklace are 14k. <P><P>
Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged photos for details. Do not hesitate to ask questions, which we will do our best to answer. <P><P>
Provenance: Collection of Dora Jane Janson: one of the most famous collections of antique jewelry in the USA. Mrs Janson's husband, Prof. H.W Janson, wrote the definitive work on Art History and her collection was represented in museums and books. Her book on the topic is called From Slave to Siren. <P><P>
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